Days after the end of the general elections in Equatorial Guinea in late November, U.S. authorities expressed skepticism regarding the validity of the declared final election results for the presidency and urged the country’s authorities to investigate claims of electoral fraud.
According to Ned Price, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, the allegations of “significant violations” include voter intimidation, coercion, and replay voting. He also said that U.S. authorities were concerned about the use of illegal methods during the counting of the votes, which would be against Equatorial Guinean law.
Teodoro Obiang “should be isolated by other African leaders,” according to American Ambassador Charles Ray, who also expressed reservations about the legitimacy of the nation’s recently held general elections.
The opposition party’s CPDS candidate for president in the most recent elections, Andrés Esono Ondo, demanded the “complete annulment and repeat” of the nation’s most recent general elections, branding them “fraudulent, undemocratic, and unfair.”
The representatives of the European Union also released a statement denouncing the general election results, expressing on December 2 a complete disregard for democratic values during their celebration, and urging Equatorial Guinean authorities to urgently launch a thorough investigation into widespread allegations of abuse and rape during the elections.
In order to uphold the democratic guarantees generally acknowledged throughout the world, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) wrote to the re-elected President Obiang Nguema and pleaded with him to engage in dialogue with the opposition in Equatorial Guinea, which refused to accept the legitimacy of the final election results.
It is clear that the authorities of major world countries have expressed their disapproval of Obiang Nguema’s two consecutive terms as president of Equatorial Guinea. The United States and the members of the European Union have divergent policies about their interactions with the fraudulent reelection, in their eyes, of the Equatorial Guinean government.
The development of the nation and the tourism industry are still priorities for the ambassadors of these nations. One can only speculate as to what noble goals these activities, which are just intended to improve ties with Teodoro Obiang’s kleptocratic regime, are trying to achieve.