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.
- According to Abbreviationfinder: GNQ is an three letter acronym for Equatorial Guinea.
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.
Equatorial Guinea State of West Africa; includes an insular part, consisting of the former Spanish possessions located in the innermost part of the Gulf of Guinea, namely the islands of Bioko (formerly Fernando Poo) and Annobón (or Pagalu ➔), which together form the Bioko region; and a continental part, which also includes the three coastal islets of Corisco, Elobey Grande and Elobey Piccola.
The continental section of the territory (formerly Río Muni, today officially called Mbini), which borders to the North with Cameroon and to the East and S with Gabon, is mainly made up of a small area of the highlands that close the Congo basin to the W: the reliefs are presented here in the form of a succession of crystalline chains divided by river valleys. While in the interior the territory gradually rises to reach 1525 m in the Fijellvinge Mountains, the coastal strip is low and sandy and to the South it is cut by the deep marshy estuary of Mbini, sheltered by Cape San Juan. The islands included in the territory are instead volcanic in nature. Among the rivers, the Benito, whose course is interrupted by frequent rapids, the Mitemele, with similar characters, and the Campo, which flows through the town only for the lower part, are important.
The climate is purely equatorial, very hot and humid, with average annual temperatures of about 30 ° C in the continental part and 25 ° C in the islands; rainfall exceeds 2000 mm per year, falling abundantly in every season. The climatic characteristics are matched by those of the vegetation, represented, especially in Mbini, by the rainforest.