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Equatorial Guinea: Teodoro Obiang dismisses grandson after failed coup

Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has taken several steps to prevent another coup attempt in the future. He has arrested and dismissed senior officials of his regime, suspected of playing a role failed coup.

Through a decree on January 23, he put an end to the duties of Enrique Anguesomo, Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea to Chad, arrested in December for irregularities committed in the performance of his duties.

Ruben Clemente Nguema Engonga, president of the Bata court and Martin Obiang Ondo, magistrate at the Malabo court were both dismissed on Wednesday 24 January for irregularities.

President Nguema also terminated the duties of his grandson Constantino Obiang Mba, director general of the state-owned telecommunication company.

All these people are suspected of having taken an active part in the failed coup attempt.

It should be recalled that on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the Equatorial Guinean Minister of Security, Nicolas Obama Nchama, said in a statement read on government radio that an attempted coup against the president had been foiled.

According to him, it was scheduled for December 24 and masterminded by Chadian, Sudanese and Central African mercenaries. President Teodore Nguema, who was in his palace in Mongomo for the end of year celebrations, escaped thanks to the vigilance of his country’s intelligence services and help from the Cameroonian army.

On Tuesday January 23, he paid a visit to Nigeria, and he is presently in Uganda to celebrate the East African Country’s Liberation Day. During both visits which he has met with the leaders of Nigeria and Uganda, some analysts say he is seeking advice and fortifying links with his counterparts who have an experience in the military.

President Teodoro Nguema, 75, has been at the head of Equatorial Guinea since 1979 following a coup d’etat. He ousted his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, in an August 1979 military coup and has overseen Equatorial Guinea’s emergence as an important oil producer, beginning in the 1990s.

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