Senegal upholds ruling allowing President Abdoulaye Wade to seek third term

Senegalese rapper Didié Awadi (d) attends a demonstration of Senegalese opposed to the candidature of Abdoulaye Wade for highly disputed third term in office on January 27, 2012 in Dakar.

In Senegal, the Constitutional Council last night upheld its ruling that validates the candidacy of president Abdoulaye Wade to run for a third term, Agence France Presse reported.

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The council also rejected an appeal by Wade – who appointed the council – against the inclusion of three other candidates.

Plus it confirmed its decision rejecting the candidacy of the singer Youssou N’Dour, on the basis that he had not provided enough supporting signatures, the BBC reported.

N’Dour said the decision was a "constitutional coup d'etat":

"Senegal and its people are sick. We have been betrayed by this shameful decision. I say shameful because neither the will of the Senegalese people nor the opinions of experts in constitutional law have been heard. Mr Wade has imposed his will and won the day."

Friday’s decision to allow Wade to run in next month’s presidential elections led to riots in the capital Dakar over the weekend, during which a policeman was killed.

The opposition June 23rd Movement – which is a mix of several opposition parties and is also known as M23 – said it would call for a mass rally to be held in the coming days.

Some 50 people, including M23 leaders, on Sunday went to Dakar’s central police station to demand the release of well-known activist Alioune Tine, who was arrested on Saturday, AFP reported.

Senegal’s presidential elections will take place on February 26.