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Senegalese court approves Wade's bid for 3rd term

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Senegal's constitutional court has ruled that the country's president for the past 11 years was eligible to run for a third term in next month's election.

The decision sets the stage for clashes with the opposition which has vowed to take to the streets if the court validated President Abdoulaye Wade's candidacy.

The court issued a statement late Friday listing 14 candidates that met qualifications to run in the Feb. 26 election, and among them was Wade.

The constitution was revised after Wade was elected in 2000 to impose a two-term limit. The 85-year-old Wade, who is a lawyer by training, argues that the new law is not retroactive, and so he should be allowed to run for a third term.

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