Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has been reelected for a sixth term extending his over three decades rule.
Equatorial Guinea: President Teodoro Obiang Nguema reelected with 93.7% (Electoral Commission) pic.twitter.com/ShV45d6zD8— africanews (@africanews) April 28, 2016
According to the results made public on Thursday by the National Election Board, Obiang won with 93.7% of votes in the presidential election of April 24.
I am the candidate of the people. Whoever does not vote for me is rejecting peace and opting for disorder.
President of the Electoral Commission, Clemente Engonga, at an official ceremony at the Ministry of Interior in Malabo said opponents Bonaventura Monsuy Asumu, representing the Coalition Social Democratic Party and Avelino Mocache Mehenga of the Center Right Party got 1.5% of the votes each.
The country’s opposition leaders and international civil society groups have already dismissed Sunday’s vote as “not credible”.
“I am the candidate of the people. Whoever does not vote for me is rejecting peace and opting for disorder,” Obiang said at a rally in the capital, Malabo, according to Bloomberg News.
“Many say that they are tired of seeing me, it’s been 36 years already. True, but I’ve dedicated my life to this country,” he added.
Obiang who has been accused of embezzling much of his country’s oil wealth during his 37 years in office has never received less than 97 percent of the vote in an election.
Some key countries have chosen to remain quiet about the vote.
Obiang, who has ruled Equatorial Guinea for nearly 37 years after overthrowing his uncle in a coup, is accused of presiding over one of the world’s most corrupt and repressive governments.
Al Jazeera reports that critics have accused him of failing to distribute the country’s oil wealth to the population of about 700,000.
According to the poor living in the slums, the country’s resources go only to a few people.
They allege it is going to Obiang’s family and the inner circle of the government.
According to the United Nations 2014 Human Development Report, the country has the highest per capita gross domestic product of any African country – about $37,000.