Friday, May 20, 2016

Obiang Sworn in as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

At the Palace of Congresses and Conferences in Sipopo, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo S. E. was sworn in as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea after winning the country’s recent election.

 
In his speech, the President highlighted the political maturity shown by the people of Equatorial Guinea in recent years. “Since the beginning of our democratic experiment, the people have shown incredible support in electoral constituencies within and outside the country the political option presented by the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, because they understand that the continuity of peace, political stability, economic and social development our country has experienced should not be interrupted.”

The President also thanked the people for the trust they placed in him by re-electing him with 93 percent of the votes. International observers described the election as “transparent, fair, and legal.”

 
“I’m not President of a district, province or region, much less one ethnic or tribal group,” said President Obiang. “First and foremost, I am President of the Republic and of the entire nation of Equatorial Guinea and, as such, it is my duty and obligation to defend and serve the people, safeguard national unity, territorial integrity, and promote the welfare of all citizens.”

The elections took place in a peaceful and orderly atmosphere across the country with an overwhelming participation of the people of Equatorial Guinea. The President commended the people and said, “Our priority remains the preservation of peace, political stability, permanent dialogue between all political forces, and institutional strengthening in order to make our democracy an instrument to benefit the welfare and development of the nation.”

 

The President emphasized that the next seven years will be crucial to the development of Equatorial Guinea and invited the people embrace “this renewed spirit and continue our march towards the wellbeing and happiness of the nation.”

Monday, May 16, 2016

President Obiang Welcomes Reverend Jesse Jackson to Equatorial Guinea

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson visited the Republic of Equatorial Guinea between the 1st and 5th of May in order to experience for himself the political and economic  situation in the country and analyze possible cooperation initiatives in education and health with his foundation, Rainbow Push Coalition along with African- American owned institutions that might be interested.

During his stay, Reverend Jackson met  with the President of Equatorial Guinea, His Excellency Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at El Palacio del Pueblo (the People’s Palace). During the meeting Rev Jackson congratulated President Obiang in person for his recent reelection.

Rev Jackson’s delegation was taken to key sites of strategic importance in the country like the newly built African American University of Central Africa, the La Paz Hospitals and the oil facilities at Punta Europa. Thereafter, Rev Jackson joined a meeting that was taken place between government officials and representatives of the oil and gas  industry. On that meeting Rev Jackson mediated on small differences between the two parties and reiterated the strategic importance of the alliance they represent for the development of the country. 

Finally, Reverend Jackson met with leaders of all political parties, including those that did not participate in the last elections,  in order to discuss the current socio political situation in Equatorial Guinea and analyze the General Elections that took place on April 24th. There, Rev Jackson encouraged all political parties to continue with the good work and encouraged them to “ prioritize a spirit of brotherhood within the country in order to prevent Equatorial Guinea from being recolonized” as it is the case with several other African countries currently.

Asked on the matter, Ambassador Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme held very highly this trip and considered that : “these kind of visits are beneficial to both countries since they represent an opportunity to strengthen the already  cordial relations and bring our positions closer with American Institutions; this is the way to promote a deeper and more realistic perspective of our country in contrast to what is usually portrayed in the media”.