Equatorial Guinea 2014
Equatorial Guinea. In March, French authorities indicted Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang for suspected money laundering. Obiang, the son of the country’s president, denies the charges. The investigation has been going on for several years. His lawyers claim he has prosecutorial immunity. In October, Obiang settled with US authorities to sell assets for $ 30 million, including a California luxury home that was allegedly bought with misappropriated funds. He denied the crime and claimed that the settlement was voluntary.
In June, the country hosted a summit with the African Union. There, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema met former colonial power of Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The last time a Spanish Prime Minister visited the country was 1991.
According to Countryaah.com, Equatorial Guinea population in 2020 is estimated at 1,402,996. Equatorial Guinea took over the hosting of the African Football Championships in November, starting in January 2015. The original organizer of Morocco wanted to postpone the tournament for the fear of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but got no and was excluded from the African Football Association (CAF).
In November, the president invited the opposition to a dialogue meeting. The only opposition party in Parliament CPDS (Social Democratic Assembly) quickly left the negotiations. Afterwards, the government promised to review the electoral law and make it easier to form political parties. Prior to the meeting, the president had issued an amnesty for opposition in exile. But respect for human rights continued to concern human rights groups. Amnesty International stated that five men were sentenced by a military court to between 15 and 27 years in prison for breach of security.