Equatorial Guinea: The ruling party prepares to nominate Obiang for a sixth term

#other countries Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who, with 42 years, holds the world record for the longevity of a head of state who, with 42 years excluding the monarchy, still resides at the head of a country, will be appointed to Congress on Tuesday. His party’s candidate for the 6th term in the 2023 election.

However a few weeks earlier, his son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangu, nicknamed Teodorin, the jet-setter claimed and posted on the social network, was sentenced as part of “wrongful gain” in France, was appointed in his place. Was. But the clan and very authoritarian power of this tiny oil state in Central Africa has decided it was too early.

The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), a single party until 1991, when the government tolerated small satellite or “opposition” movements, held its 7th Congress on Monday and Tuesday in the economic capital Bata. This last ordinary Congress before the election will have to nominate a 2023 presidential candidate for a 7-year term.

Obiang, who seized power in a coup d’état in 1979 and ruled the country with an iron fist, has been in sharp decline from the political scene for months in favor of 53-year-old Teodorin. The latter have long been presented as omnivorous by their dolphins, the vice president of the Republic and the vice president of the PDGE, until recently.

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But the old head of state seems to be in good shape, known for playing sports every day and paying attention to his lifestyle.

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Agustin Nez Nfumu, one of PDGE’s five vice presidents for AFP, claims Teodoro Obiang is “the man for the job”. “Age doesn’t matter, his mind is still fully functioning, he is still the president of our party and he will continue to be, the president and founder have a lot of experience,” he continues.

“The natural outcome of this congress is to maintain the status quo with Teodoro Obiang candidate for a new mandate,” says AFP Ana Lucia Sa, a professor of political science at the University of Lisbon, an expert in Equatorial Guinea. “But there are greater tensions within the ruling elite to prepare for the Teodoro post”, she analysed.

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Teodorin was sentenced in July to a definitive three-year suspended prison sentence and a 30 million euro fine in France for having fraudulently inherited a considerable inheritance (Parisian mansions, racing and luxury cars, private jets…). was constructed. – Called the case of “wrong advantage”.

Also in July, the UK froze its financial assets and denied access to its territory to Teodorin Obiang, accusing him of embezzlement of public funds to finance a lavish lifestyle, which Malabo disputes. .

In Equatorial Guinea, rich in gas and oil, the vast majority of 1.3 million residents live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

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