Africa's longest-serving leader re-elected with 94 percent of vote

Equatorial Guinea President and candidate Teodoro Obiang Nguema (C) at the polling station on April 24, 2016 in MalaboAfrica’s longest-serving leader, Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, extended his 36-year rule Thursday after being re-elected with 93.7 percent of the vote, according to provisional results. The results announced by the National Election Commission showed his two closest rivals, Bonaventura Monsuy Asumu and Avelino Mocache Mehengap, trailing far behind with 1.5 percent each in last Sunday’s vote. Seven candidates ran for the top job but 73-year-old Obiang, who has ruled with an iron fist since 1979 when he ousted his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema and had him shot by firing squad, was seen as a shoo-in.

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