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Equatorial Guinea ruling party wins elections
November 26, 2017, 3:29 pm
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Legislative, senatorial and municipal elections in Equatorial Guinea that were held on 12 November, saw the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), which has been in power for nearly 40 years, once again win nearly 100 percent of the votes cast.

The president of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene announced on Friday that the PDGE and its 14 allied parties received all 75 seats at the senatorial level, and won 99 seats in the legislative Chamber of Deputies, with the opposition Citizens Party for Innovation (CI) winning only a single seat.

Of the nearly 300,000 eligible Equatorial Guinean voters, 84 percent turned up to cast their votes on polling day. In a country where multi-party system was introduced in 1991, incumbent President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has been in power since 1979. The 74-year-old leader is one of Africa’s longest serving presidents.

The opposition denounced multiple “frauds” and “irregularities” on the day of the vote as internet access was cut off and remained very restricted until the announcement of the results on Friday night. The NEC announced the results while reiterating that “No protest of the results or claim has been officially recorded.”

 

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