Equatorial Guinea. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who
has ruled since 1979, won the presidential election in
April. The election was the first since the constitutional
reform in 2011, which states that the head of state could
only be elected for two seven-year terms. According to the
Election Commission, he received about 93% of the vote. The
main opposition parties boycotted the election. The turnout
was reported to be just over 93%.
countryaah, the president's family maintained a strong grip on power,
and the government was accused of lack of respect for human
rights and corruption. The president's son, Theodorin, is
the vice president in charge of defense and security issues.
But he is contentious and is being investigated in France
for money laundering and the looting of the Treasury.
Equatorial Guinea turned to the International Court of
Justice (ICJ) unsuccessfully to stop the process on the
grounds that the Vice President has criminal immunity. In
November, authorities in Switzerland seized eleven luxury
cars that Theodorin was said to own.
In January, the country's state TV was forbidden to
report on the trial of the International Criminal Court
(ICC) against Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo,
who was charged with violence after the 2010 election. The
case was considered sensitive as the president is friends
In November Equatorial Guinea hosted a summit between
African and Arab leaders led by the African Union (AU) and
the Arab League.
No new oil fields were expected to come into operation in
the coming year and production will fall. Lower oil prices
are also pushing the economy.