President Teodoro Obiang, 80, the world’s longest-ruling head of state, is seeking to extend his 43-year tenure.
Preliminary election results released by the Equatorial Guinean government on Monday showed that the ruling party won more than 99 percent of the votes counted so far in the presidential, legislative and municipal elections held on Sunday, November 20.
The small oil-producing Central African state is led by President Teodoro Obiang, 80, the world’s longest-ruling head of state, who is seeking to extend his 43-year tenure.
Equatorial Guinea has had only two presidents since its independence from Spain in 1968; Obiang and his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema, whom he overthrew in a coup in 1979.
This time, two opposition candidates stand in the way of a sixth presidential term: Buenaventura Monsuy Asumu, who has run in the previous five elections, and Andrés Esono Ondo, who is running for the first time.
The first partial results showed the ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) and Obiang’s coalition with 67,012 votes out of the 67,196 counted so far. The count will continue on Monday, said a statement on the government website.
More than 400,000 people registered to vote in the country of about 1.5 million, which is split between the Gulf of Guinea island of Bioko and a coastal mainland between Cameroon and Gabon.