Securing 93.7 percent of votes cast in an April 24 poll, Obiang will unsurprisingly extend his rule over this small country located on the…

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has won re-election

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Securing 93.7 percent of votes cast in an April 24 poll, Obiang will unsurprisingly extend his rule over this small country located on the west coast of Africa.

 

Obiang who is one of the continent's longest-serving leader came to power through a 1979 coup.

As reported by a statement from Equatorial Guinea's Office of Information and Press, Obiang's closest challenger in the polls was Avelino Mocache Benga, who secured just 1.5 percent of the vote, according to complete provisional results. Turnout rose to 92.9 percent.

Since the mid 1990s, this former Spanish colony has become one of sub-Sahara's biggest oil producers. Critics regret that money generated by its extensive oil and gas reserves benefits only a rich elite whereas the vast majority of Equatorial Guineans lives in poverty.

(With Reuters Africa)

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