A failed plot to overthrow President Obiang is the first act
in the unfolding succession drama
Ten days after the unravelling of a bizarre plot to oust him, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo strode into the People's Palace on 17 March to tell a press conference that the crisis was over and the government's morale was high, thanks to support from Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe. For now, Obiang may be able to hold the regime together but there is no sign that he can heal the divisions in Malabo's ruling clique (AC Vol 45 No 3). The fratricidal struggles between the clans which have ruled Equatorial Guinea since Independence from Spain look irreconcilable Almost all the ruling group are from Mongomo town on the mainland part of the country. The Mongomo clan, which dominates the armed forces and the presidential entourage, is in fact a set of different clans and factions that holds power. It is part of the larger Fang ethnic group, which spreads into neighbouring Cameroon and Gabon.
The failed plot to oust President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo swings wildly from farce to tragedy. The arrest of some 65 foreign soldiers (and the seizure of their Boeing 727 jet...
Kigali rejects French claims that its fighters shot down President
Diplomatic relations between Paris and Kigali have sunk to their lowest level for a decade in a new row over Rwanda's genocide. On 16 March, President Paul Kagame accused France of...