Equatorial Guinea president makes son VP

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea PHOTO: AFP

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea PHOTO: AFP

Equatorial Guinea’s veteran ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Wednesday named his son Teodorin Nguema Obiang vice president of the tiny oil-rich nation, in charge of defence and security.

Obiang, who seized power in a military coup in 1979 and was re-elected again in April with 93.7% of the vote, promoted the 47-year-old second vice-president by a presidential decree read on state television.

Obiang senior is currently Africa’s longest-serving leader. Teodoro Obiang Nguema junior is wanted in France on suspicion of embezzlement, corruption and stealing public funds.

Obiang Nguema initially took office in a 1979 coup, ousting his own uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, who was then rapidly dispatched before a firing squad.

He has since acted to preempt any new putsch, regularly claiming to have quashed attempted coups and building a fortress state policed by security personnel in every public nook and cranny.

He was reelected earlier in the year for another 7-year term but he said he will not seek a new term after this one.

Questioned by French weekly Jeune Afrique on the recent arrival in Malabo of Zimbabwe soldiers to boost his presidential guard, the head of state said: “My personal security is my business, and on this matter I owe no explanation to anybody. I can recruit who I want.”

Pointing out that most of his personal guard were Israelis, who replaced Moroccans, he said the Zimbabwean detachment would be sent home once the election was over.

If Obiang does complete a fresh seven-year term he will have remained in office longer than any other leader in African history.

But if he changes his mind, he would be looking at setting a new record as the longest-ruling leader anywhere in contemporary history, breaking a 44-year record set by Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie, to clock up half a century of undivided rule.


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  • Foluso

    He has turned it into family chieftain title.

  • Information Analyst

    That’s African mentality.. African leaders lack wisdom and so selfish.. that’s why we are not developing and always depend on western refurbish product of policy..

  • Dike Victor

    One day will be his day over ?? It all depend on the role of AU to allow such things coming up !! That was why NATO was established in Europe for People like this . AU is the Cause nothing more . They must Police Africans and conditions all African President .

  • Baba Adini

    Just make your son president, since the country is your personal property.

  • honesty NO1

    Are there real people living in that country? Shameless African leaders ! ! ! ! ! !