Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo speaks after casting his ballot at the polling station of the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malabo during Equatorial Guinea's presidential, legislative and municipal elections on Nov 20, 2022. (SAMUEL OBIANG / AFP)
DAKAR – Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has won reelection with 95 percent of the Nov 20 vote and his party took all the senate and parliament seats, his son Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said on Twitter on Saturday.
Reuters was not able to immediately verify the claim.
A win would given Obiang, 80, a sixth term in office, extending his 43-year rule and cementing his place as the world's longest-standing ruler
A win would given Obiang, 80, a sixth term in office, extending his 43-year rule and cementing his place as the world's longest-standing ruler.
"The definitive results prove us right again," the vice president tweeted. "We continue to prove to be a great political party!"
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Obiang's ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and coalition won the full 55 seats in the senate and the 100 seats in the lower house, known as the Chamber of Deputies. The president can now appoint the remaining 15 senate seats, his son said.
The West African country of around 1.5 million people has had only two presidents since independence from Spain in 1968.
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Obiang ousted his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema in a coup in 1979.