Reports of a Coup Bid in Equatorial Guinea Play Right Into Obiang’s Hands

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during an EU-Africa summit, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Nov. 29, 2017 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Equatorial Guinea’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, during an EU-Africa summit, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Nov. 29, 2017 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).
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It’s been nearly a month since reports of a coup attempt emerged from Equatorial Guinea, yet details of what actually happened and who was involved remain scarce. On Dec. 29, the magazine Jeune Afrique reported that armed mercenaries from at least three different countries had been intercepted in the northeastern town of Ebebiyin, near the border with Cameroon and Gabon. Several days later, on Jan. 3, the government said the mercenaries had managed to infiltrate five towns before their plot unraveled, including Mongomo, where President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo was planning to ring in the new year. Obiang, the world’s […]

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