Africa’s longest-serving leader, Equatorial Guinea’s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, extended his 36-year rule on 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. Tur-nout in the oil-rich west African country was also 93.7 percent, according to the results which are subject to confirmation on May 2 by the constitutional court.
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.
Commission chief Clemente Engonga admitted to anomalies in some of the results, with the number of votes cast in some areas exceeding the number of registered voters.
Engonga explained this by saying some voters had “probably” been travelling on election day and voted outside of their constituencies.