E Guinea president reappoints same team after polls

accreditation
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. (Xavier Bourgois, AFP)
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. (Xavier Bourgois, AFP)

Malabo - Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has reappointed his prime minister after dissolving the government last week.

"Making use of the powers granted to me by law, I appoint Francisco Pascual Obama Asue as Prime Minister in charge of administrative coordination," said a presidential decree, read on national television on Monday night.

Obiang also renamed the three deputy prime ministers to their posts.

Further appointments to his team are due to be announced later this week.

The outgoing government, formed after the April 2016 presidential election, was dissolved on Friday following legislative, senatorial and municipal elections in November, in accordance with the law.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news from around the continent by subscribing to our FREE newsletter, Hello Africa.

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.

The ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea maintained its firm grip on power in the November vote, which was widely criticised by the opposition as fraudulent.

The ruling party won 99 of the parliament's 100 seats, while the main opposition party, Citizens for Innovation, won the remaining seat and said it had been subjected to a major crackdown, with scores of its members arrested.

Obiang, 75, seized power in the small former Spanish colony in 1979 and has faced a string of coup attempts during his nearly four decades in office.

Critics accuse him of brutal repression of opponents as well as election fraud and corruption.

Equatorial Guinea has become one of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest oil producers, but a large proportion of its 1.2 million population lives in poverty.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
With Faf de Klerk out injured, who should start at scrumhalf for the Springboks against Wales on 6 November?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Herschel Jantjies
35% - 1170 votes
Cobus Reinach
61% - 2040 votes
Grant Williams
4% - 121 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.86
-0.9%
Rand - Pound
20.44
-0.9%
Rand - Euro
17.22
-0.9%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.14
-1.1%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.5%
Gold
1,793.70
-0.8%
Silver
24.16
-1.7%
Palladium
2,006.86
-2.6%
Platinum
1,032.00
-2.9%
Brent Crude
85.99
+0.5%
Top 40
61,025
+1.0%
All Share
67,615
+1.0%
Resource 10
63,620
+0.3%
Industrial 25
87,147
+1.5%
Financial 15
14,027
+0.9%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE