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Besides his age, many are angered by what they see as a violation of the constitution because the electoral code was revised after Mr. Wade came to office to impose a two-term maximum.

Thirteen opposition candidates are running against Mr. Wade.

In his 12 years in office, Mr. Wade’s government undertook the biggest building boom in the country’s history, erecting bridges, roads, freeways and a $27 million monument that was supposed to be taller than the Statue of Liberty.

His administration’s many achievements, however, have been overshadowed by mounting corruption.


Ex-soldier wanted in church bombing

ABUJA — Nigeria’s secret police said they are searching for an ex-soldier in connection with a Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic church that killed at least 44 people.

The State Security Service declared Habibu Bama wanted in connection with the Dec. 25 bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, a city just outside the capital Abuja.

Authorities said Wednesday they suspect Mr. Bama planted the bomb, which detonated as worshippers left an early-morning Mass.

The radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, which is waging an increasingly bloody sectarian fight with Nigeria’s weak central government, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Authorities just rearrested a man named Kabiru Sokoto in connection with the church attack after he previously escaped police custody.


Two airlines suspended after plane crash

KINSHASA — Congo’s government has suspended the licenses of two aviation companies operating in the Central African nation after one of their planes crashed over the weekend, killing a top adviser to President Joseph Kabila and four others.

Transport Minister Joseph Martin Kitumba said in a statement released late Tuesday that the licenses of Air Katanga Express and Katanga Wings had been suspended as Congolese and American experts investigate the crash of the Gulfstream 3 jet.

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