MALABO - On Tuesday, September 20, Equatorial Guinea brought forward its presidential election by five months, at the same time as the legislative ones. “The presidential, Chamber of Deputies, Senate and municipal elections are called for November 20, 2022”, according to a decree of the head of state read on the evening news of state television.

At the head of the country for forty-three years, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo holds the world record for longevity in power of heads of state still alive, excluding monarchies.

The only issue will lie in the designation, before the ballot, of the candidate of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), which occupies 99 of the 100 seats in the outgoing lower house and all of the 70 seats in the Senate.

Mr. Obiang, 80 , will he run for a new term or will he let his son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, nicknamed “Teodorin”, succeed him?