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 (Reuters) DAKAR - Sunday's elections in Equatorial Guinea will determine if President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the world's longest-serving leader, will seek to continue his 43 years of allegedly corrupt and autocratic control.



Central Guinea president Obiang seThe West African oil-creating country of around 1.5 million has had just two presidents since autonomy from Spain in 1968. Obiang expelled his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema in an overthrow in 1979.


The 80-year-old Obiang, consistently chose with more than 90% of votes in surveys global eyewitnesses have addressed, is competing for a 6th term against two different competitors: Andres Esono Ondo and Buenaventura Monsuy Asumu. Parliamentary and neighborhood races will be held simultaneously.


Oil and gas creation represents around 3/4 of incomes in the OPEC part state. Be that as it may, yield has dwindled as of late to around 93,000 barrels each day (bpd), from around 160,000 bpd in 2015 due to developing fields.


Albeit the minuscule Bay of Guinea country has seen significant interests in foundation, pundits say under Obiang, oil abundance has lined the pockets of his escort, who streak lavish ways of life while the majority of the populace live in destitution.


Obiang is additionally blamed for gagging contradiction and opportunity of articulation. The public authority has denied the allegations.


Fights are generally prohibited, media is intensely controlled, and it is entirely expected for political rivals to be with no obvious end goal in mind captured and tormented, privileges bunches say.


Terrorizing has expanded in the approached the surveys, activists say, with specialists focusing on common society gatherings and pundits of the system.


In September, security powers struck the base camp of a restricted resistance - the only one with a seat in parliament - and kept more than 100 of its individuals.


"On Sunday individuals will make the choice the public authority anticipates that they should, on the grounds that you can't unreservedly shout out your psyche in Tropical Guinea," basic freedoms lobbyist Tutu Alicante told Reuters.


"Anything that IT TAKES"


Suppression in front of the vote has counterbalanced endeavors by Obiang to further develop his picture abroad, the furthest down the line found in a transition to nullify capital punishment recently.


"He is cleaning up before the worldwide local area," said Acquittal Global's Senior Campaigner for West Africa Marta Colomer.


Asserted defilement has likewise spoiled Obiang's residency in spite of a few vows to increment straightforwardness.


His child VP Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, who onlookers see as a possible replacement, was sentenced for misappropriation by a French court in 2020.


Resources that unfamiliar powers say he purchased with not well gotten gains incorporate a gem covered glove worn by Michael Jackson, a shielded Rolls-Royce limousine and a yacht.


Both dad and child have reliably denied bad behavior.


In the event that reappointed, Obiang will confront new difficulties. The economy was hit by Coronavirus and albeit the conflict in Ukraine has supported interest for non-Russian oil it has likewise gotten a sharp ascent food costs.


"The resistance doesn't have a potential for success," Alicante said. "He will take the necessary steps not to leave power."


(Detailing by Sofia Christensen; Altering by Bate Felix and Alexandra Hudson)eks to expand 43-year rule

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