The President of Guinea, Alpha Condé, has finally accepted his nomination as his party’s candidate for the October 18th elections, opting for his third term, which has already led the opposition to announce new protests in the country.
“President Alpha Condé will be our presidential candidate,” announced the Guinean People’s Grouping Party (RPG-Arc en ciel) in a statement late on Monday after the President took note of it in early August. “of the party’s request in this regard.
The 82-year-old Condé came to power in the 2010 elections after having been the main opposition leader for decades under the Lansana Conté dictatorship, and reassigned his mandate in 2015. To run for a third term, an amendment to the Constitution passed in a referendum last March in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and the boycott of the main opposition parties.
Before Condé accepted his possible re-election, he had stipulated “an obligation so that the role-playing game is what it was in its early days”, “a party that does not forget anyone”. With this in mind, the ruling party said in its statement on Monday that it had sent the president “a proposal for a labor pact” in which it agreed to “work with him” to implement its program.