February 8, 2023

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As president of Equatorial Guinea, he led the country for 43 years and was re-elected with nearly 95% of the vote.

At 80, Teodoro Obiang has received more than 400,000 votes and is the world’s longest-serving person.

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With almost 95% votes, Teodoro ObiangThis leads to Equatorial Guinea 43 years ago, he won the presidential election on November 20, according to the total count released this Saturday, the 26th, by the National Electoral Commission. At the age of 80, The longest serving president in the world, won 405,910 out of 411,081 valid votes as the candidate for the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), which contested in a coalition with 14 other political parties. With these figures, the National Electoral Board announced that Obiang “has been elected President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for a new seven-year term,” Interior Minister and head of the electoral body Faustino Ndang Esono Ayang said. From being independent Spain In 1968, the country had only two presidents: Obiang and his uncle Francisco Macias, whom he overthrew in a coup in 1979. In the elections, the people elected one hundred members of the House of Representatives, 55 out of 70. Members of the Senate in addition to the country’s municipal representatives. The PDGE won 100 seats in the House of Representatives and 55 seats in the Senate, in addition to 588 councilors, leaving the other two parties with no representation in those polls. The elections were held after security forces raided the headquarters of banned opposition party Citizens for Innovation on September 29 following a five-day siege.

Under Obiang’s leadership, Equatorial Guinea has invested heavily in infrastructure as a major source of state revenue thanks to the country’s oil wealth (one of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest oil producers). However, opponents accuse him of benefiting from oil profits and cronies while most citizens live in poverty. Human rights organizations also accuse the regime of being too repressive. The final results will have to be verified by the Constitutional Court, the interior minister said, estimating a 98% turnout. The small country in central Africa, with a population of about 1.5 million and the only Spanish-speaking country in sub-Saharan Africa, held presidential elections last Sunday, scheduled for 2023, but offered to save costs – according to the government – and coincide with legislative and municipal elections. According to the NGO Transparency International, Equatorial Guinea is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

*With information from EFE

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