Equatorial Guinea president makes son VP

2016-06-23 07:09
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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Paris - Equatorial Guinea's veteran ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Wednesday named his son Teodorin Nguema Obiang vice president of the tiny oil-rich nation, in charge of defence and security.

Obiang, who seized power in a military coup in 1979 and was re-elected again in April with 93.7% of the vote, promoted the 47-year-old second vice-president by a presidential decree read on state television.

Obiang senior is currently Africa's longest-serving leader.

Obiang junior is wanted in France on suspicion of embezzlement, corruption and stealing public funds.

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