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Senegal doctor fined for saying president is ill

A Senegalese court has fined a doctor who publicly said the country's 84-year-old president is too ill to run for a third term.

The court on Monday charged Dr. Mame Marie Faye with spreading false news that could disrupt public order. The eye doctor was fined 500,000 West African francs (about $1,000) and given a deferred one-year prison sentence for publicly saying in November that President Abdoulaye Wade would be unable to stand for 2012 elections because of illness.

Wade was first elected president in 2000 and again 2007. In October, he named his son Karim as energy minister, provoking accusations that he is trying to position his son to seize power upon his death.