Saturday, Equatorial Guinean officials declared T****eodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s reelection for a sixth term.
Since 1979, the 80-year-old has been in control. The president of the election commission announced that Obiang had won with 94.9% of the vote.
“The results of the general election formally declare His Excellency Obiang NGuema Mbasogo President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for a seven-year term,” stated Faustino Ndong Esono Eyang, the president of the electoral commission.
Obiang was supported by a coalition of 15 parties, which included his own Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE).
The percentages of the opposition’s victories were not disclosed.
“The opposition discussed minor abnormalities, which we have seen on the ground. However, these inconsistencies and flaws are not enough to detract from the general success of this November 20 election “, stated electoral observer Jean Marie Ngondjibanganté.
Prior to the examination, security forces detained opposition members, with the state claiming that it had foiled a “plot” to assault the capital Malabo and the industrial centre Bata.
Before campaigning started, the authorities also blocked the country’s land borders with neighboring Gabon and Cameroon.
Obiang is the world’s longest-reigning head of state, excluding monarchs.
He has never been formally re-elected with less than 93% of the vote.
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