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Preliminary election outcomes launched by Equatorial Guinea’s authorities on Monday confirmed the ruling party successful over 99% of votes counted to date in presidential, legislative, and municipal elections held on Sunday.

The tiny, authoritarian, oil-producing Central African state is run by President Teodoro Obiang, the world’s longest-ruling head of state, who’s looking for to increase his 43 years in workplace.

“What you sow is what you reap,” mentioned Obiang, 80, who has repeatedly gained greater than 90 % of the vote in elections carried out over the course of 5 phrases since he seized energy from his uncle in a coup in 1979.

“I’m positive that the victory is for PDGE,” he mentioned, referring to his party.

Two opposition candidates are standing: Buenaventura Monsuy Asumu, who has already stood within the earlier 5 elections, and Andrés Esono Ondo, who’s operating for the primary time.

Early, partial outcomes confirmed Obiang’s ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and coalition with 67,012 votes out of 67,196 counted to date. The depend will proceed on Monday, mentioned a press release on the federal government web site.

More than 400,000 individuals registered to vote within the nation of about 1.5 million, which is break up between the island of Bioko within the Gulf of Guinea and a coastal mainland sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon.

“It is a complete fraud,” Esono Ondo informed Reuters by telephone, saying his party would problem the lead to court docket.

He mentioned some semblance of truthful voting was going down within the island capital Malabo, however his party had proof that officers elsewhere had been casting ballots on voters’ behalf or forcing them to vote for the ruling party.

Government and officers of Equatorial Guinea’s election directorate couldn’t be reached for remark.

Maja Bovcon, a senior Africa analyst in danger intelligence firm Verisk Maplecroft, mentioned the election end result was in little question: “The closure of the borders and the harassment and arrests of opposition supporters have been paving the way in which for the extension of Obiang’s 43-year rule.”

The United States and the European Union referred to as for a free and truthful election and raised concern over experiences of harassment and intimidation of the opposition and civil society teams. The authorities rejected the accusations as interference in its electoral course of.

Closing his marketing campaign on Friday, Obiang mentioned he determined to carry the presidential election ahead by a number of months and maintain it along with the legislative and municipal elections, to economize because of the financial disaster.

Oil and gasoline manufacturing accounts for round three quarters of revenues within the OPEC member state. But output has dwindled lately to round 93,000 barrels per day (bpd), from round 160,000 bpd in 2015, as oil fields mature.



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