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Vol 55 No 18

Published 12th September 2014

Equatorial Guinea

Disagreements over dialogue

President Obiang says he wants to open up politics to the opposition but most parties are setting conditions for taking part

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo announced on 29 August his plans to hold a dialogue with members of the opposition but they are highly sceptical that it will lead to any progress. Obiang calls himself 'the referee and moderator' of the democratisation process and the government has long forbidden the opposition to hold meetings and protests. It has also refused to legalise new parties. Obiang said that opposition members with legal concerns could ask for a presidential pardon and encouraged them to join parties that had already been legalised if they were unable to legalise their own. The reactions of the opposition ranged from derision to cautious acceptance.

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