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Yearbook 2016

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%.

2016 Equatorial Guinea

According to 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 with Gbagbo.

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.

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