Equatorial Guinea president to run again to extend 43-year rule
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on September 24, 2022
Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has ruled the country for 43 years, has confirmed he will stand again in November’s elections.
His son and Vice President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, made the announcement via his Twitter handle on Friday saying it was “Because of his charisma, his leadership and his political experience.”
Meanwhile, Obiang’s Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea holds 99 of the 100 seats in the outgoing lower house of parliament and all 70 of the senate seats.
However, there had been speculation that Obiang’s son may be selected as the party’s candidate but Friday’s announcement confirmed the president would be seeking to extend his unrivalled rule.