Equatorial Guinea

Country Equatorial Guinea
Capital Malabo
Continent Africa
Currency Central African CFA franc(XAF)
Languages Spanish, French, Portuguese, Fang, Bube, Igbo, Pidgin English & Annobonese

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Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999 and 2004 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, there have been few improvements in the population's living standards.

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Equatorial Guinea - Wikipedia
Equatorial Guinea - CIA World Fact Book
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Equatorial Guinea official reaches $30 million corruption settlement with US - CNN

CNN

Equatorial Guinea official reaches $30 million corruption settlement with US
CNN
Washington (CNN) -- A top official of Equatorial Guinea, the son of the African country's longtime leader, agreed to a $30 million settlement to resolve the U.S. government's allegations that he used money plundered from his country to amass assets ...
Equatorial Guinea leader's son settles US corruption caseFinancial Times
Equatorial Guinea VP loses Michael Jackson statues in US settlementReuters
Equatorial Guinea National DayUS Department of State (press release)
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Equatorial Guinea: A Vice President Is Ordered to Forfeit Assets in the US - New York Times

Equatorial Guinea: A Vice President Is Ordered to Forfeit Assets in the US
New York Times
A federal judge in California announced a $30 million settlement on Friday between the United States and a vice president of Equatorial Guinea that requires him to forfeit his assets in the United States, including a collection of six life-size statues ...



Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao Attends National Day Reception of Equatorial ... - MFA China

MFA China

Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao Attends National Day Reception of Equatorial ...
MFA China
On October 24, 2014, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao attended upon invitation the reception marking the 46th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea held by the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in China, and exchanged views with ...



Equatorial Guinea must disclose full details of amnesty for political prisoners - Amnesty International

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Equatorial Guinea must disclose full details of amnesty for political prisoners
Amnesty International
''This decree would be an encouraging step for human rights in Equatorial Guinea if it leads to the release of people imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights, but the authorities must be transparent about the details, said ...
President Obiang Grants Amnesty To All Citizens Convicted Of Political CrimesVirtual Press Office (press release)

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Equatorial Guinea Leads Sub-Saharan Africa In Adult Literacy, Says UNESCO ... - PR Newswire (press release)

Equatorial Guinea Leads Sub-Saharan Africa In Adult Literacy, Says UNESCO ...
PR Newswire (press release)
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has the highest adult literacy rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, said UNESCO's Education for All (EFA) report. Between 2005 and 2011, the West African ...

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Equatorial Guinea grants political amnesty before talks - Reuters

Equatorial Guinea grants political amnesty before talks
Reuters
MALABO Oct 23 (Reuters) - Equatorial Guinea's president has granted an amnesty for political crimes, state media reported, as part of efforts to convince exiled politicians and other opposition figures to join a rare round of talks next month. Teodoro ...
Equatorial Guinea pardons political opponents in exilewww.worldbulletin.net

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Equatorial Guinea defender urges Caf: Increase slots for AWC 2016 - Goal.com

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Equatorial Guinea defender urges Caf: Increase slots for AWC 2016
Goal.com
Equatorial Guinea's women national team defender Tobilola Windapo has pleaded with the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to consider increasing the qualification slots for the African Women Championship. The competition is an international women ...



Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea To Establish Joint Chamber Of Commerce Envoy - Leadership Newspapers

Leadership Newspapers

Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea To Establish Joint Chamber Of Commerce Envoy
Leadership Newspapers
The Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Job Mbengono, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday. Mbengono said developing cooperation between both chambers of commerce would ...



Equatorial Guinea Recovers Boeing 777 Carrier - AllAfrica.com

Equatorial Guinea Recovers Boeing 777 Carrier
AllAfrica.com
Equatorial Guinea has recovered the Boeing 777 Carrier belonging to the national airlines company CEIBA, seized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in a case pitting the State against the British company BTP Fitzpatrick GE Ltd. The State ...



Oil and Gas Africa: Ophir Runs Up The Score In Equatorial Guinea - AFKInsider

Oil and Gas Africa: Ophir Runs Up The Score In Equatorial Guinea
AFKInsider
As a frontier market, the countries of Africa represent both tremendous opportunities and tremendous risks. On the risk side of the ledger are all the usual complications of international trade and investment compounded by the problems inherent in a ...
Shell's alternative west African forayInvestors Chronicle

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