Wade 'not eligible to run in 2012'

2010-08-23 13:57

Dakar - Senegalese media on Monday published comments by President Abdoulaye Wade a few years ago saying he would not seek a third term in 2012 amid a debate over the legality of the veteran leader's plans.

"I set a limit of two terms (in the 2001 constitution). It is not possible. I cannot run again. I therefore have decided not to run again" for president in 2012, Wade said at a 2007 press conference.

But the 84-year-old leader, first elected in 2000 for seven years, and re-elected in 2007 for a five-year term after the constitution was changed announced in September last year he would seek another term in 2012.

The ruling Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) maintains that Wade has only served one term based on the constitutional change to a five-year mandate.

The opposition socialists, who ruled Senegal from 1960 to 2000, however dispute that calculation, saying Wade has already served two terms as president.

Meanwhile Sheikh Tidiane Diakhate, considered a Wade supporter, was recently named as head of the constitutional council, which could ultimately decide on the legality of another mandate for Wade.