Equatorial Guinea. According to
Countryaah.com, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema
Mbasogo, who has ruled the country since 1979 when he took
power through a military coup, won the presidential election
in February. He received 98% of the vote. The five
democratic opposition parties boycotted the election, and no
country sent election observers because it was suspected
that electoral fraud would occur.
In May 2013, Obiang ran for election to the newly formed
Senate, with his own party PDGE not surprisingly gaining a
majority. Before the May 26 election, the Movement for
Popular Protests (MPP) sought to conduct a May 15
demonstration. As a result, MPP coordinator Enrique Nsolo
Nzo was arrested and in the media portrayed as a community
outlaw. In the days around May 15, heavily armed security
forces occupied the Plaze de la Mujer where the
demonstration was to be conducted. At the same time,
internet media such as Facebook were blocked by the regime.
After the election, the opposition party announced to CPDS
that it would conduct a demonstration against the government
election fraud on June 25. The interior minister banned the
demonstration on the grounds that it would "destabilize" the
country, but the CPDS maintained its right to conduct the
The country executed at least 4 in January 2014 and
possibly all 9 prisoners on death row.
In October 2014, President Obiang signed an amnesty
decree for the country's political prisoners, but without
putting names or numbers. It was therefore unclear how many
would be released.
In January and February 2015, the country hosted the
African Football Championships. Obiang took the opportunity
to crack down on protesters - including children and young
people - who objected to the championships.
In May, Obiang fired the entire judiciary, leaving the
country without a functioning judiciary for a month.