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After 4 decades, the world’s longest-serving president is set to continue his tenure

The recent election of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as president of Equatorial Guinea effectively extended his long-standing authority.

The country’s president was elected with a landslide victory after receiving 95% of the votes. He plans to extend his existing four-decade-long rule, making him the president with the longest tenure in history.

Since taking office as president of Equatorial Guinea in 1979, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has resisted the pressure to step down. A president can only hold office for a total of two terms, each lasting for four years, according to best democratic practice.

Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, has maintained the same rule for more than 40 years and has what some have referred to as an authoritarian administration, therefore this is hardly the situation there.

Following the announcement of the results, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president of the country and the president’s son, said, “the results prove us right again,” said Vice-President. We continue to be a great party.” Even before his victory was announced people believed that none of the opposition stood a chance, seeing as the president has demonstrated his strong grip on the country since he seized power.

In a military takeover in 1979, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo succeeded his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema in ruling the nation. Since then, multiple botched military coup attempts have been made against the president.

Political opposition is “only tolerated and greatly handicapped by the lack of a free press, as all broadcast media is either entirely owned by the government or controlled by its allies,” according to the BBC.

President Obiang, who has previously refuted claims of election manipulation and violation of human rights, is rumored to want to use his sixth term to repair his reputation abroad.

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