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Wade booed in his home precinct

2012-02-26 16:15

Dakar - Crowds have loudly booed Senegal's 85-year-old president as he went to vote in his home precinct.

President Abdoulaye Wade has angered many Senegalese by insisting on running for a third term in Sunday's election.

As he entered an elementary school to vote, an agitated crowd screamed: "Get out old man!"

Wade was whisked away by security. Later a young voter who said he planned to vote for Wade was encircled by a screaming mob that threatened to beat him.

Wade is running for re-election even though he revised the constitution to impose a two-term maximum.

Tension is running high, because the opposition has vowed to render the country ungovernable if he wins Sunday's poll.