Africa's longest-serving leader eyes re-election in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, has ruled the west African country with an iron fist for more than 36 yearsAfrica’s longest-serving leader, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was set to extend his 36-year hold on power Sunday as the tiny oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea went to the polls. Obiang, now 73, has ruled the west African country with an iron fist since 1979 when he ousted his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema, who had ruled the country since independence from Spain in 1968, in a coup and had him shot by firing squad. The president voted late morning in the race which pits him against six other candidates, but with Obiang almost certain to win, the main opposition parties have boycotted the poll.

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