Equatorial Guinea’s president, who has led the country for 43 years, has been re-elected with 95% of the vote

Equatorial Guinea's president, who has led the country for 43 years, has been re-elected with 95% of the vote

At the age of 80, Teodoro Obiang is the world’s longest serving person with more than 400,000 votes.

STRINGER / AFPTV / AFPTeodoro Obiang is the longest-reigning leader in the world

With almost 95% votes, Teodoro Obiangleading Equatorial Guinea He won the presidential election 43 years ago on November 20, this Saturday, the 26th, according to the total count released by the National Electoral Justice. At the age of 80, The longest serving president in the world, as the candidate of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), which contested in a coalition with 14 other political parties, received 405,910 out of 411,081 valid votes. With these figures, the National Electoral Board has “elected Obiang as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for a new seven-year term,” reported Interior Minister and President of the Electoral Body Faustino Ndong Ezono Ayang. Since independence Spain In 1968, the country had only two presidents: Obiang and his uncle Francisco Macius, whom he overthrew in a coup in 1979. In the elections, the population elected 55 out of 70 members of the Chamber of Deputies. Members of the Senate apart from the municipal representatives of the country. In addition to 588 councilors, the PDGE won 100 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 55 seats in the Senate, leaving the other two parties unrepresented in those elections. The election came after security forces raided the headquarters of the banned opposition party Citizens for Innovation on September 29 following a five-day siege.

With Obiang at the helm, Equatorial Guinea has invested heavily in infrastructure thanks to the country’s oil wealth (one of the largest oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa), a major source of state revenue. However, most citizens live in poverty, and opponents allege that oil profits have been siphoned off and benefited the next of kin. Human rights organizations also accuse the regime of being the most repressive. The final results must be validated by the Constitutional Court, said the interior minister, who estimated a turnout of 98%. The small Central African country of about 1.5 million people, the only Spanish-speaking country in sub-Saharan Africa, held presidential elections last Sunday, scheduled for 2023, but brought forward to save costs – according to the government – and to coincide with legislative and municipal elections. According to the NGO Transparency International, Equatorial Guinea is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

*With information from EFE

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