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.
According to 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.