Nothing attracts attention in a country of 28,000 square kilometers, and its population is barely one million and 600,000, except for the title of its ruler of 80 years and 5 months, as he is “the oldest living president in the world to remain in power,” with the exception of monarchies. However, the period will be longer, because no one will win the elections scheduled for Sunday in Equatorial Guinea, except for its president, Teodoro Obiang, who has been in power since he carried out a bloody coup in 1979 that overthrew his uncle, who later executed him by firing squad.
His only son, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mangi, who is also Vice President, wrote a few days ago a tweet in which he said: “Because of his leadership and wise political experience, the ruling party has unanimously chosen the militant brother Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, as the party’s candidate for the November 20 presidential elections,” meaning a party he founded. His father in 1987 in the name of “Democratic Equatorial Guinea” and heads it now, and has 99 of the 100 deputies in Parliament, in addition to the full 70 seats that make up the Senate, of whom 55 are elected and 15 are appointed by the president.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is about to win an easy sixth term, has two competitors, according to Al-Arabiya.net’s summary of the agencies, one of whom is a candidate for the “Consensus for Social Democracy” party, and the second for the “Social Democratic Alliance” party, which is trying its luck for the third time in the elections. It was to take place in April next year, but the president rushed it on November 20 to coincide with the legislative and municipal elections, as well as the Senate elections, to reduce costs in light of the severe economic crisis the country is suffering from, even though its daily oil production exceeds 360,000 barrels.
Equatorial Guinea, where French, Spanish and English are official languages, closed its land borders with its neighbours, Cameroon and Gabon, in a measure that the president’s son justified “as a way to repel groups that might infiltrate and disrupt the conduct of the elections,” adding that only airports would remain open. The son also accused Spain, France and the United States of interfering, by sending diplomats to attend an election meeting of the opposition “Alliance for Social Democracy” movement.