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Tear gas fired in Senegal after court ruling

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Police in Senegal fired tear gas in a square where hundreds have been protesting the constitutional court's decision to allow President Abdoulaye Wade to run for a third term in next month's election.

The youths burnt tires and ran into side streets at Place de l'Obelisque as security forces lobbed tear gas canisters.

Senegal's constitutional court approved a list of 14 candidates who had met the requirements to run for president in the Feb. 26 election, and among them was the 85-year-old Wade. The opposition had earlier vowed to take to the streets because the constitution has a two-term limit.

Wade argues that the constitution was revised to impose term limits after he came to office. He says the law cannot be retroactive and so he should be allowed to run for a third term.

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