Obiang to run in Equatorial Guinea presidential election

Published by
Peter Kavinsky

Nairobi, 23 September (EFE) — Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang will run as the candidate of the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) in the November 20 presidential election, his son and the country’s vice president announced Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mange this Friday.

“Thanks to his charisma, leadership and political experience, the PDGE’s executive board unanimously selected militant brother Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as the candidate to represent the party in the November 20 presidential election,” the Twitter post said. Vice President and National Security Officer known as “Theodorin”.

President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema. EFE/Mario Cruz

Thus, doubts have been resolved as to who will be the official candidate in these elections, which will be held simultaneously with parliamentary and municipal elections, according to a presidential decree published by the party this week.

Obiang, 80, maintained his insecurities during the 7th Ordinary National Congress of the PDGE, of which he is the founding president, which took place last November.

The president then declined to specify the name of the candidate for the election, but refused to talk about “continuity” and assured that there would be “alternation”, typical of democracy.

Analysts say two of his sons have stood out as possible alternatives, both holding important positions in government: Teodorin on one side and Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, the country’s minister of mines and hydrocarbons, on the other. it is one of the major oil producers in Africa.

Promotion of presidential elections

Although the elections were supposed to be called during the first quarter of 2023, they have been rescheduled by presidential decree to coincide with the rest of the voting.

The head of state justified the advance by the “current multifaceted global economic crisis” caused by falling fuel prices, Russia’s war against Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic and the explosions on March 7, 2021 in a military barracks in the continental city of Bata, which killed more than a hundred people.

These circumstances, according to the text of the law, “worsened economic forecasts, and also distorted and destroyed the ability of public finances to withstand four consecutive elections within four months.”

The most recent presidential election took place in April 2016, when Obiang was re-elected with just over 95 percent of the vote, which was marred by allegations of fraud by opposition candidates and the international community.

Since gaining independence from Spain in 1968, Equatorial Guinea has been considered one of the most corrupt and repressive countries in the world by human rights organizations due to allegations of arrests and torture of dissidents and reports of repeated electoral fraud.

Obiang has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1979, when he overthrew his uncle Francisco Macias in a coup, and is currently the world’s longest-serving leader.

Online edition: Marina Gonzalez

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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