- In March, the president passed a referendum that allowed him to vie for another term.
- The 82 year-old is seeking his third term as the president.
- A controversial poll saw the opposition stage protests aimed at stopping the voting.
Guinea’s president, Alpha Conde, has stated that he will be a representative for the young people and women in his candidature for presidency. “We can’t do anything in Guinea without women. I will be the candidate for young people and women,” Conde said in a conference with female political activists.
The president revealed this while confirming his candidature. The 82 year-old is seeking his third term as the president.
Earlier in the week, the ruling party officially confirmed that Conde will be its presidential candidate. The party had proposed to have Conde as its candidate early August during a delegate’s convention in the Country’s capital Conakry. The elections are to be held on October 18.
Conde’s supporters have welcomed the decision saying that the president needed more time to push through his agendas. The president’s candidature has sparked a lot of criticism from analysts as well as a call for protests among his oponents.
In March, the president passed a referendum that allowed him to vie for another term.
The constitutional amendment allowed for an extension of the presidential term limit to six years, from the earlier five years. Conde has over the years been against a set limit for the number of times a president runs for the office. He said it was very unfair.
The controversial poll saw the opposition stage protests aimed at stopping the voting, they even boycotted the polls but it went on as scheduled. It is alleged that the massive protests during this time claimed 30 lives.
Conde is the country’s first democratically-elected president. He took over power in 2010 for his first term, and was re-elected in 2015.
Having faced the wrath of the previous regime, his election was considered a milestone since he faced but analysts have argued that he has not done so much for the country.
African head of states have always had a thirst to stay in power long after their terms of service expire and Conde seems not to be an exception.
Most of these African leaders strive to change their constitutions so that it favors their moves to seek more terms as presidents.
In Ivory Coast, for instance, President Alassane Ouattara will also be seeking a third term in the elections due in October, courtesy of a recent change in the constitution.
Meanwhile, a local reggae musician has expressed his interest in running for presidency in the country’s forthcoming elections. Elie Kamano said that time has come for the country to embrace change adding that he plans to correct the wrongs and corruption brought about by leaders in the country.
The musician turned politician called on his supporters to help him raise the finds required as registration fee. He will be running on his party, Guinean Party for Solidarity and Democracy (GPSD).