Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Wins Re-election, Extends 43-year Rule

Two African Leaders Ruling in their Countries for Over 80 Years
Two African Leaders Ruling in their Countries for Over 80 Years

Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea has won his re-election bid for a sixth term as president of the sprawling West African country.

Reports say that Obiang received 94.9% of the votes cast, election officials announced on Saturday, putting turnout for the vote at 98%.

Conservatively, the two opposing candidates, Andrès Esono Ondo and Buenaventura Monsuy Asumu, each received around 9,700 and 2,900 of the approximately 413,000 votes in Equatorial Guinea.

By this victory, the 80-year-old who has been in power for 43 years — the longest rule of any leader alive in the world today except monarchs— will be there for longer time.

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Meanwhile, Obiang’s ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) also won all seats in the National Assembly and the Senate.

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