Wade Says Senegal Court Can’t Ban Candidacy, Observateur Reports

Lawyers working for Senegal’s president, Abdoulaye Wade, said the country’s Constitutional Court lacks the authority to decide whether he can run for office again, l’Observateur reported, citing a legal team memo.

Wade will face the West African nation’s highest court in September to argue that the third term he is seeking in a February election would be just his second under the country’s current constitution, which limits the president to two terms in office, the Dakar-based newspaper said, citing the memo.

The court only has the mandate to ensure that Wade is a Senegalese citizen, literate, and at least 35 years old, according to the memo. The newspaper did not say how it obtained the document.

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