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Vol 57 No 11

Published 27th May 2016

Equatorial Guinea

Filling Obiang's boots

This month's poll, though no surprise, was meant to concentrate minds on who would follow in the strongman's footsteps

The veteran President, long the strongman of local politics even before he seized power in a 1979 coup, was sworn in for a new seven-year term on 20 May in front of seven other African leaders. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo secured his victory with an unsurprising 93.5%, the two opposition candidates polling 3% and 1.5% respectively.

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