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Vol 51 No 13

Published 25th June 2010

Equatorial Guinea

Obiang’s prize turnip

A rebranding exercise for the Malabo government backfires as UNESCO belatedly rejects Obiang’s kind offer of a US$3 mn. prize for science

After much internal agonising and diplomatic arm-twisting, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation backed down on 15 June and rejected an offer from Equatorial Guinea’s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to sponsor a proposed leadership prize. Obiang’s regime is regularly judged one of the most corrupt and brutal in the world by the anti-corruption lobby Transparency International and human rights movement Amnesty International.

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