《中英對照讀新聞》Africa’s longest-serving leader eyes re-election in Equatorial Guinea 非洲在位最久的領導人在赤道幾內亞的大選中尋求連任
Africa’s longest-serving leader, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was set to extend his 36-year-hold on power Sunday as the tiny oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea went to the polls.
Initially scheduled to be held in November, the vote was brought forward to April 24 following a presidential decree, with no reason offered for the change.
Obiang, now 73, has ruled the west African country with an iron fist since 1979 when he ousted his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema, who had ruled the country since independence from Spain in 1968, in a coup and had him shot by firing squad.
The president voted morning in the race which pits him against six other candidates. The main opposition parties have however boycotted a vote that Obiang looks certain to win.
Equatorial Guinea has become sub-Saharan Africa’s third biggest oil producer in recent years, with oil revenues accounting for more than 70 percent of national income.
But the wealth has not trickled down － while per capita national income stands at over $10,000, more than half the population lives on less than two dollars a day.
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