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Vol 40 No 25

Published 17th December 1999

Equatorial Guinea

Obiang's heritage

Succession talk could spark political change in Africa's newest emirate

The government goes on denying that the President is gravely ill but speculation continues. When President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo met his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo, on 4 December, officials were shocked at his obvious decline. Oil executives, who met Obiang a month ago, say that he seemed cheerful but was much thinner and that he tired faster than last year.

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