#other countries : Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who holds the world record for longevity of a head of state still living at the head of any nation, except monarchies, is likely to be appointed Tuesday in the Congress of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. His party’s candidate for a sixth term in the 2023 elections.
The Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, a single party until 1991, when the government tolerated small satellite or “opposition” movements, held its seventh congress on Monday and Tuesday in Bata, the economic capital. This last regular convention before the election shall nominate the presidential candidate for 2023 for a term of 7 years.
Obiang, who seized power in a coup in 1979 and rules the country with an iron fist, has been in a sharp retreat from the political scene for several months in favor of Teodorin, 53. The latter has always been shown as his dolphin, vice-president and vice-president of the PDGE, recently present everywhere in public.
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But the old head of state appears to be in good shape, and is known to exercise every day and take an interest in his lifestyle.
Agustin Nze Nfumu, one of the five vice-chairmen of the PDGE, confirms to AFP that Teodoro Obiang is the “right man”. He continues, “Age does not matter, his brain is still working perfectly, he is still and always will be the head of our party, the president and founder has a lot of experience.”
“The natural outcome of this conference is to maintain the status quo with candidate Teodoro Obiang for a new mandate,” Ana Lucia Saa, a political science professor at the University of Lisbon who specializes in Equatorial Guinea, adds. “But there are more and more tensions within the ruling elite to prepare for the post-Teodoro,” he analyzes.
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Theodorin was finally sentenced in France in July to a three-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 30 million euros for fraudulently building a large heritage (Parisian chateau, racing and luxury cars, private jets…) at the time. The so-called “unfair gains” case.
Also in July, the United Kingdom froze its financial assets and banned Theodorin Obiang from accessing its territory, accusing him of embezzling public funds to fund a lavish lifestyle, which Malabo opposes.
In Equatorial Guinea, which is rich in gas and oil, the vast majority of 1.3 million people live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.
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