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Senegal president leads rally through capital

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The aging president of Senegal has attempted to divert attention from a growing opposition movement and show that he still has support in the streets of the capital by leading an impromptu rally through Dakar.

Reporters were told to come to the presidential palace for a meeting with President Abdoulaye Wade's spokesman. Instead, the 85-year-old president showed up in person, and invited reporters to follow his motorcade Tuesday.

Several thousand people came out to see him in the capital's neighborhoods, including Niari-Tally -- once his fief which in recent days has been immbolized by protests calling for Wade's departure. The crowds, however, were significantly smaller than he used to draw.

Opposition activists are demanding Wade step aside and not run for a third term.

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