The President of Equatorial Guinea, 80-year-old Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was re-elected for the sixth time, receiving 95% of the votes in the elections held on November 20.
This was announced by his son, Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue on Twitter on Saturday, November 26, Reuters reports.
A sixth term in office will extend the 43-year reign of the African leader, who has been called the world's longest-serving modern head of state.
The West African country of nearly 1.5 million has had just two presidents since gaining independence from Spain in 1968.
Obiang deprived his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema of this position in a coup d'état in 1979.
Obiang has always been elected with more than 90% of the vote in elections, the results of which are always questioned by international observers.
Critics say Obiang has done little to lift the country out of poverty, despite his outrageous wealth.
Human rights organizations accuse the president of Equatorial Guinea of suppressing dissent and attacking his opponents.
According to them, protests are mostly banned in the country, mass media are tightly controlled, and political opponents are arrested and tortured.
His son, who observers consider a potential successor, was found guilty of embezzlement by a French court in 2020.
Among the assets that foreign countries say the sitting vice president acquired with ill-gotten gains are a crystal-encrusted glove worn by Michael Jackson, an armored Rolls-Royce limousine and a yacht.
High-ranking father and son deny any allegations of wrongdoing.
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