Equatorial Guinea 2018
Equatorial Guinea. According to Countryaah.com, Malabo is the capital city of Equatorial Guinea, a country located in Central Africa. The government announced in January that a coup attempt was averted on December 24, 2017. The opposition was accused of having recruited some 30 mercenaries arrested in neighboring Cameroon. In February, 21 members of the largest opposition party CI (Citizens for Change) were sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for rebellion. The party also dissolved. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema also dismissed several government officials for alleged involvement, including an ambassador and two judges. In November, the ruling party is said to have excluded 42 members for the same reason.
The president announced a national dialogue with the opposition in June. Similar dialogues have been held in the past without actual results. The following month he announced a “complete amnesty” in a TV speech. It gave some hope, but only in October did CI announce that 34 party members have been released after being pardoned by the president. Several had been tortured. During the year at least two imprisoned CI members were reported to have died as a result of torture.
The pardon marked the 50th anniversary of Spain’s independence. With reference to the anniversary, Obiang also distributed high military degrees to several relatives. For example, the son and Vice President, Teodorin Obiang, who was convicted of bribery in France, were appointed Major General of the Army.
Oil Minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, another president’s son, said at a conference in September that foreign oil companies in 2019 must invest at least $ 2 billion in the important sector, otherwise they risk losing their licenses. Production in the country’s oil field is falling and the government wants to increase the oil and gas pipeline.