GUINEA’S ALPHA CONDE 82 ACCEPTS NOMINATION TO SEEK THIRD TERM
Guinea President Alpha Conde has accepted his party’s nomination to run in October’s election, the party said on Monday, taking advantage of a new constitution to seek a third term that his opponents say is unconstitutional.
Conde, who was first elected in 2010, pushed through a change to the constitution that was approved by a referendum in March that was boycotted by the opposition. Talk of a potential third term sparked widespread protests that have killed at least 30 people over the past year.
Conde’s supporters say the constitutional change acts as a reset button on the two-term limit.
“We have the immense privilege and joy of informing the Guinean population that (Conde) has granted our request: President Alpha Conde will indeed be our candidate in the presidential election,” said the statement from the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG), read out on television.
The party had formally nominated him to run again back in August, but Conde had made no formal response.
He instead told delegates that the RPG must pledge to help women, the young and the poor before he would agree to stand for election.