June 13, 2021

AU Chairperson condemns any attempt to seize power by force in Equatorial Guinea

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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the African Union and Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Simeon Oyono Esono, on Monday informed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, that the Equatorial Guinean authorities had foiled an attempted coup involving foreign mercenaries.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, received the Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the African Union and Ambassador to Ethiopia, on Monday.

The Chairperson of the Commission thanked the Permanent Representative for the information provided. He recalled the African Union’s principled stand on the rejection of unconstitutional changes of government, in accordance with its relevant instruments, and expressed the African Union’s strong condemnation of any attempt to seize power by force in Equatorial Guinea, as well as its commitment to the respect of legality and to the stability of the country.

According to the BBC, a minister said at least 30 armed men from Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic were arrested late last month.

The minister further disclosed that the armed men were found with rocket launchers, rifles and ammunition just over the border in Cameroon.

The border between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea has been sealed for nearly two weeks due to the alleged coup attempt.

Mr Obiang has been in power for nearly 40 years, taking power in a coup by ousting his own uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, who was shot by firing squad.

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