Equatorial Guinea

Referendum underway


Voters in Equatorial Guinea are voting today in a constitutional referendum to make changes to the presidential term of office and create the position of vice president.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who has ruled the country since a coup in 1979 wants to change the constitution to introduce a presidential limit on the number of terms to two and extend the time to seven years. The referendum also seeks to remove the age limit, currently set at 75; President Obiang is currently 69 years old.

In another clause the referendum seeks to introduce a Vice President who will be appointed by the president. It is thought that the post would be filled by the president’s eldest son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

Most commentators are saying that the people have been given very little information about the nature of the constitutional changes but have been told that they will bring a “broader spectrum of participation of the people in the management of the administration of the good of the community.”

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