Guinea President Alpha Conde has accepted his party’s nomination to run in next month’s presidential election.
His party said on Monday that the 82 year old leader will now officially contest the October elections.
“We have the immense privilege and joy of informing the Guinean population that (Conde) has granted our request: President Alpha Conde will be our candidate,” the RPG and allied parties said in statement read on national television.
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.
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 spent many years as an opposition leader with his 2010 election considered significant in deepening the country’s democracy.
Conde was re-elected in 2015 and has doesn’t seem ready to let go power just yet.