Equatorial Guinea leader poised to extend 43 years in power

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Africa’s longest-serving ruler, was poised Sunday to extend his 43 years in power in the oil-rich country after only two opposition candidates decided to run against him.

Fourteen of the country’s opposition parties have joined an alliance with Obiang’s authoritarian regime, which critics have long accused of intimidation, torture and corruption. These critics also point to disputed official results from past elections, which never showed Obiang winning less than 90% of the vote.

In the streets of the capital Malabo, posters of the 80-year-old Obiang have flooded public spaces in recent weeks with the message: “Vote for the right path, vote for continuity.” Only a handful of opposition posters could be seen.

At a final campaign event in Mongo last week, the president shouted at crowds: “Who’s your daddy?” He urged voters to keep him in power and warned of the risks of political upheaval.

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