Nairobi, September 23 (EFE).- The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang, is running 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. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue announced this Friday.
“Thanks to his charisma, leadership and political experience, the PDGE board has unanimously chosen military brother Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as the candidate to represent the party in the November 20 presidential election,” social network Twitter said. Vice President and in charge of national security known as Teodorín.
Doubts about who will be the official candidate in these elections, which are held at the same time as the parliamentary and local government elections, have thus been resolved, according to a presidential decree released by the party this week.
Obiang, 80, maintained his uncertainty at the PDGE VII Ordinary National Congress – of which he is the founder – held last November.
The president then avoided specifying the name of the election candidate, but refused to talk about the “succession” and confirmed that there will be a “change” characteristic of democracy.
According to analysts, two of his sons, who both held important positions in the government, stood out as possible alternative candidates: on the one hand, “Teodorín” and on the other, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, the country’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons. which is one of Africa’s major oil producers.
Before the presidential elections
Although the election was due to be called in the first quarter of 2023, it was brought forward by presidential decree to coincide with other votes.
The head of state justified the progress with the “current multifaceted global economic crisis” caused by the drop in fuel prices, Russia’s war against Ukraine, the covid-19 pandemic and the explosions at the military barracks on March 7, 2021. In the mainland city of Bata, which caused over a hundred deaths.
According to the legislation, “these circumstances had a downward impact on economic forecasts, and also distorted and destroyed the ability of the public finances to meet four consecutive elections within four months.”
The last presidential election was held in April 2016, when Obiang was re-elected with just over 95 percent of the vote. The result was marred by accusations 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 groups, with accusations of arresting and torturing dissidents and reports of repeated electoral fraud.
Obiang has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1979, when he overthrew his uncle Francisco Macías in a coup, and is currently the world’s longest-serving leader.