Jan. 30, 2012, midnight
Senegal's Constitutional Council on Monday ruled that President Abdoulaye WADE was eligible to run for a third term in upcoming elections. Opposition candidates challenged WADE’s candidacy on the ground that there was a two-term limit in the Constitution. The court ruled, however, that WADE was not bound to this because his first term began before the rule was introduced. The court also upheld earlier rulings that three opposition candidates, including pop-singer Youssou N’DOUR, were not be eligible to run. Presidential elections in Senegal are scheduled for February 26.