Equatorial Guinea. In May, the ruling party PDGE
(Equatorial Guinea's Democratic Party) won a grand victory
in the parliamentary elections. As in previous elections,
there were allegations of cheating and harassment.
Opposition members were also arrested before the election.
In the lower house, the party got 99 out of 100 seats. The
opposition party CPDS (Social Democratic Assembly) was given
a mandate. In the new House of Assembly, the Senate, PDGE
won 54 of the 55 selectable seats, CPDS got one. President
Teodoro Obiang Nguema appointed 15 senators himself. The
CPDS demanded that the election be redone, claiming that the
party had actually won 17 seats in the lower house and ten
senatorial seats. Kravall police turned down protests when
the election results were set in June. The United States
described the election as a missed opportunity.
In September, the president reformed the government. The
Minister of Justice and the Minister of Agriculture were
replaced. New was that Alfredo Mitogo Mitogo, leader of the
former opposition party UP (People's Union), joined the
government. It was seen as a thank you for the decision to
support the president.
Countryaah, investigations into how the presidential family, which
ruled the oil-rich country for over 30 years, were able to
obtain luxury housing and expensive cars continued in
France. Nine seized luxury cars owned by presidential son Teodorin Obiang were sold at an executive auction in Paris
for about € 3.2 million.
In February, President Obiang hosted the third summit of
66 countries from Africa and Latin America. The Presidents
of Brazil and Nigeria were among the participants.