General elections are scheduled for November 20 in Equatorial Guinea and President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo launched his candidacy for a sixth term on Thursday.
Mr Obiang, 80, ruled the West African country for 43 years.
He seized power in 1979 from President Francisco Macias Nguema, who was the leader at independence and whose rule prompted a mass exodus and thousands of deaths.
The president told a rally that his party had chosen him to run “because I am the symbol of peace that reigns in Equatorial Guinea”, the AFP news agency reports.
AFP adds that the country has 425,000 registered voters out of a population of around 1.4 million.