Equatorial Guinea president makes son VP

MALABO - Equatorial Guinea's veteran ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Wednesday named his son Teodorin Nguema Obiang vice president of the tiny oil-rich nation, in charge of defence and security.

Obiang, who seized power in a military coup in 1979 and was re-elected again in April with 93.7% of the vote, promoted the 47-year-old second vice-president by a presidential decree read on state television.

Obiang senior is currently Africa's longest-serving leader.

Obiang junior is wanted in France on suspicion of embezzlement, corruption and stealing public funds.

Comments (7)

Sometimes we Africans are a rotten lot.

machakachaka - 23 June 2016

President Robert Mugabe has appointed Grace Mugabe as Minister of Defence and Security

Dingiswayo - 23 June 2016

This is exactly what his friend Mugabe would want to do in Zimbabwe by appointing his wife as VP. This as if its coming from the Women's League. That is why he is a friend of Robert. In power since 1979 plus stealing oil money and banking in Zimbabwe.

Dunga - 23 June 2016

This is the tragedy of Africa. Leaders who have overstayed in power such as Mugabe, Obiang, Museveni and Dos Santos tend to take their countries as personal property and the population as their people. Museveni has his wife in cabinet and Dos Santos has appointed his daughter as head of the state oil company. Next it will be Grace as VP and then Robert Jnr. as Minister in the Office of the President and Cabinet. Shame that we Zimbabweans are very patient.

Dunga - 23 June 2016

Some western friends often consider Africa as a hope for the world's economy! But again it pains me to learn that the same Africa, considered hope, is the most poor producing continent...due to its leaders mindset...maybe unfortunately there is a need for a neocolonialism to liberate African people from economical bondage from its own leaders....

Cde Gora - 23 June 2016

Imagine if Bob has his kids in the 80s, his dynasty would have been truly set. The other consolation is that of the 2 boys, people are in but the lights are off...its empty upstairs & that's their father saying it not me. We have to be thankful for small mercies.

Galore - 23 June 2016

Africans get annoyed when they are called apes but there is abundant evidence to show that they left their caves rather prematurely. Obiang's actions have just proved that.

Feldman Bandura - 23 June 2016

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