Senegal's president seeks 3rd term despite unrest

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Posted: Oct 04, 2011 10:18 AM
Senegal's president seeks 3rd term despite unrest

A spokesman for Senegal's president says he will seek a third term despite unrest and calls for his resignation.

Spokesman Serigne Mbacke Ndiaye said Tuesday that Abdoulaye Wade will soon submit his bid to the Constitutional Court ahead of Feb. 26 elections.

The 85-year-old Wade is attempting to run for a third term by exploiting a constitutional loophole that would circumvent the two-mandate limit.

Wade's plans to run, as well as frequent power cuts and the spiraling cost of living, have sparked violent protests in recent months in what has historically been one of West Africa's most stable democracies.

Stephen Moore

An opposition coalition is calling for Wade to withdraw his candidacy and has threatened further demonstrations.