Africa’s longest serving President, Robert Mugabe will stand for re-election in 2018.

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, who have been in office since the country’s independence in 1980, was chosen by the ruling party, Zanu-PF to run for another term in office, with the youth wing calling for him to be declared as life president.

However, there have been unprecedented protests this year against Zimbabwe’s economic turmoil and Mr Mugabe’s leadership.

The Zanu-PF has also suffered serious infighting as factions battle it out to succeed Mr Mugabe once he eventually leaves.

His supporters broke into thunderous applause and chanted “tongai, tongai baba” [rule, rule father] as the Zanu-PF annual conference in the south-eastern town of Masvingo nominated Mr Mugabe on Saturday.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Mugabe called for an end to party infighting.
“We agreed that conflicts should end. Infighting should end. The party ideology should be followed,” he said.

“Let us be one. We are one family, the family of Zanu-PF bound together by the fact of understanding between its members.”