Cristino Seriche Bioko Silvestre Siale Bileka Ángel Serafín Seriche Dougan Cándido Muatetema Rivas Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea Ignacio Milam Tang Vicente Ehate Tomi Francisco Pascual Obama Asue Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (born 5 June 1942) is an Equatoguinean politician who has been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979.
He ousted his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, in an August 1979 military coup and has overseen Equatorial Guinea's emergence as an important oil producer, beginning in the 1990s.
No new envoy was appointed, and the embassy was closed in 1996, leaving its affairs to be handled by the embassy in neighboring Cameroon.
Things started to turn around after the terrorist attacks in 2001 on New York and Washington, in the aftermath of which the United States sought a radical re-prioritization in its dealings with key African states.
Equatorial Guinea is currently a one party state controlled by the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE).
The constitution provides Obiang wide powers, including the right to rule by decree.
Obiang was Chairperson of the African Union from 31 January 2011 to 29 January 2012.
He is the second longest-serving leader in the world.
He granted amnesty to political prisoners, and ended the previous régime's system of forced labor.
However, he made virtually no mention of his own role in the atrocities committed under his uncle's rule.
There are no newspapers and all broadcast media are either owned outright by the government or controlled by its allies.
In his farewell address, he publicly named the government's most notorious torturers, including Equatorial Guinea's then-current Minister of National Security, Manuel Nguema Mba.
Born into the Esanguii clan in Akoakam, son of Santiago Nguema Eneme and María Mbasogo Ngui.