Equatorial Guinea leader to extend rule

2016-04-24 17:10
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema at the 7th summit of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) heads of state in Sipopo, near Malabo. (Xavier Bourgois, AFP)

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema at the 7th summit of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) heads of state in Sipopo, near Malabo. (Xavier Bourgois, AFP)

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Abidjan - The president of Equatorial Guinea is expected to dominate the country's election on Sunday, securing a new seven-year term that could take his reign past the four-decade mark.

The 73-year-old Teodoro Obiang seized power after a military coup in 1979 and is already Africa's longest-serving leader and the world's longest-serving non-royal head of state.

Rights groups and critics accuse him of overseeing a deeply corrupt government that represses and tortures opponents.

There appear to be six opponents competing against Obiang although several are political unknowns.

Tutu Alicante, a leading government critic, says they could be pawns used by the government to create the illusion of a contest.

There is widespread speculation Obiang wants his son Teodorin to succeed him.

The government has promised a "successful" vote with "maximum transparency."

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