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Wade again cleared to run for Senegal presidency

Wade again cleared to run for Senegal presidency
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Opposition groups have lost their appeal to prevent Abdoulaye Wade running for president of Senegal a third time.

The Constitutional Council, the country’s highest legal authority, has confirmed Wade is allowed to try for a third term, despite the constitution itself setting a limit of two.

Wade wants to run because his first term pre-dates the constitution’s ban.

The Council’s decision on Monday confirmed an earlier ruling on by the same body on Friday.

It also stuck with its Friday judgement disqualifying the candidacy of well-known musician Youssou N’Dour. His appeal was unsuccessful, making him one of three people barred from running. It was ruled that N’Dour failed to get the necessary 10,000 signatures he needed to take part in the election.

N’Dour has spoken out against Wade’s bid for a third term, and over the weekend attended an opposition rally.

The ruling on Friday led to riots on the streets on the capital Dakar, during which one policeman was killed.