President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled the country for 43 years, the longest term in the world, reiterated his candidacy for president.
Ukrinform reports this Reuters.
It is noted that 80-year-old Obiang came to power in 1979 after a coup that overthrew his uncle’s regime. Since then he has won elections five times, usually with more than 90% of the vote.
According to Obiang himself, he announced the next presidential election elections a few months ahead of schedule, and also decided to hold them together with parliamentary and local elections to save money due to the current financial crisis.
However, local opposition leaders claim that the elections have been widely rigged across the country.
Recall that oil and gas exports provide about 75% of Equatorial Guinea’s income, but due to the depletion of fields, their production has fallen in recent years to the level of 93 thousand barrels per day, although in 2015 it was about 160 thousand barrels.