Equatorial Guinea’s monarchical presidency 

Ruling for as long as a lifetime is a phenomenon mostly associated with monarchs. Some leaders have, however, succeeded in turning their country’s supposed democratic system into a monarchy lookalike, as they hold on to power for decades. 

What’s the news? 

Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo has been announced the winner of the country’s presidential election, giving him a “sixth” seven-year term as president. “The results of the general election solemnly proclaim His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for a term of seven years”, said the head of the electoral commission, Faustino Ndong Esono Eyang. 

What are the poll’s figures? 

The 80-year-old, who has been in power since 1979, won the election by about 94.9% of the votes cast. He did not do it alone though, as he had help from the support of a coalition of 15 parties, including his own party, the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE). While observers say that the result was the true representation of the election, weeks of high-handedness by the government, including the arrest of opposition figures under the guise of thwarting a “conspiracy” to commit attacks, are believed to have contributed to swinging the polls in Mbasogo’s favour. 

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