Guinea: 82-year old Condé picked by party to run for third term
Guinea’s ruling party has nominated 82-year old President Alpha Condé to run for a third term in this year’s elections.
The electoral commission has proposed the presidential election be held on 18 October but the president is yet to sign off a date.
The ruling party nominated Conde following the passage of a new constitution that now allows him to extend his rule.
A referendum to change the constitution sparked protests that led to several deaths.
His critics said the change of the constitution was to ensure that Conde runs again as President.
Although president Conde has not yet to formally accepted the nomination, he has also not given any indication he wont and when he would respond.
“Today you have all spoken, allies, parties and others – I take note,” Conde told party members on Thursday.
Alpha Condé in June this year said that he was very fit and able to govern his nation.
In a radio interview following rumors of his absence from public scene, Condé said “I assure the Guinean people that I am as fit as a fiddle and I am sure I will bury many people who wish me dead.”
Alpha Condé is due to end his second and final five-year term after becoming Guinea’s first democratically-elected leader in 2010. He was re-elected in 2015.
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