The new development in the Central African country quells all predictions of party succession even though the closest successor is the son and current vice-president, Teodorin Obiang Nguema. He is currently on trial in France on charges relating to embezzlement of public funds and corruption. He strongly denies the charges.
The 6th Congress of the PDGE brought together 13,000 delegates and coincided with the 31st anniversary of the founding of the party.
“The Congress is to evaluate the journey traveled and define the new policies facing the new horizons,” declared the president of Equatorial Guinea at the opening of the Congress.
The head of state of the only Spanish-speaking African country is one of the continent’s longest serving leaders having come to power in August 1979. He won reelection in April 2016 with over 90% of the vote.
Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea is one of Africa’s largest oil exporters, but most of its 740,000 inhabitants are said to be living in poverty.