Guinea’s RPG Choses Conde to Run for Third Term

  • Although the president has not yet officially accepted the request, he had earlier on he had stated that the party will decide on its candidate.
  • In March, the leader pushed through an amendment in the constitution in a controversial referendum a move that analysts said was aimed at allowing him to run for a third time.
  • The 82 year-old was the country’s first democratically elected president. He first elected in 2010 and in 2015 for his second term.

Guinea’s ruling party has proposed the current President, Alpha Conde, as its candidate in the soon to be held elections. The announcement was made by the Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) delegates at a convention in the country’s capital, Conakry. Conde would be running for a third term.

Alpha Condé is a Guinean politician who has been President of Guinea since December 2010. He spent decades in opposition before he became the first freely elected president in the country’s history.

He revealed that he had taken note of the request by his party members.  Although the president has not yet officially accepted the request, he had earlier on he had stated that the party will decide on its candidate. The president has not settled for the exact date for the polls, but the Guinean electoral commission had proposed October 18.

Conde has always been against setting a limit on the number of times a leader runs for office, as he has often said it is quite unfair. The decision will not go well with the opposition, who have been protesting against the possibility of the president running for office again.

In March, the leader pushed through an amendment to the constitution in a controversial referendum, a move that analysts said was aimed at allowing him to run for a third time. The amendments included changing the presidential term limit from five years to six years, and also allowing the head of state to choose the parliamentary speaker.

According to the results of the polls, the change was approved by 91.59% of the votes in a referendum that had a 61% voter turn-out. The polls faced a number of setbacks. For instance, they were postponed after international observers questioning its credibility while the African Union withdrew its observers, citing issues with the voters roll.

The Economic Community of West African States, also known as ECOWAS, is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa. Collectively, these countries comprise an area of 5,114,162 km2 (1,974,589 sq mi), and in 2015 had an estimated population of over 349 million.

The opposition had tried to boycott the polls through protests, but the exercise went on as scheduled. The group had rejected the proposals in the new constitution before it was made public.

The opposition’s widespread protests, which on numerous occasions have forced a crack-down by the security officers, have so far claimed 30 lives. This prompted the West African Regional bloc ECOWAS to call for dialogue, urging he political parties to pursue peace.

Conde’s quest to stay in power is not in any way strange, but it is common with leaders on the continent. Most of the heads of states in African countries have, over the years, found it hard to step down long after their terms expire.

The 82 year-old was the country’s first democratically elected president. He was first elected in 2010, and in 2015, for his second term. His election was seen as a great milestone with a lot expected of him, but experts have said he has not done much.

Conde, a former opposition leader, was at some point imprisoned by the regimes that led before him. The country is Africa’s largest producer of main aluminum ore, Bauxite, and also has deposits for iron ore.

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Juliet Norah

I am a freelance journalist is passionate about news. I derive pleasure in informing people about the happenings in the world

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