Senegal police fire tear gas at polling station

KRISTA LARSON Associated Press Published:

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Police fired tear gas on crowds gathering outside the polling station in Dakar where President Abdoulaye Wade is expected to vote.

Senegalese voters are deciding Sunday whether to give their 85-year-old president another term in office, or instead back his one-time protege in a runoff election that could oust the incumbent of 12 years.

President Wade's decision to seek a third term has infuriated many of his countrymen. When Wade voted last month in the first round, some voters booed him at the poll shouting "Old man, get lost."

Wade fell short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff, receiving only 34.82 percent. He is facing off against the very man who ran his last campaign five years ago -- former Prime Minister Macky Sall, who received 26.58 percent.