Candidates, Groups Criticize Vote In Equatorial Guinea

Dec. 1, 2009, midnight

Incumbent President Teodoro OBIANG Nguema won re-election Sunday with more than 95 percent of votes, according to preliminary results released by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday. OBIANG'S opponents refused to accept the result, and one candidate withdrew Saturday, citing secrecy in the election process. There have been several allegations of government interference, including arrests of protesters, ballot tampering, and intimidation of poll workers. International human rights and anti-corruption groups have criticized election authorities' lack of independence. OBIANG has been President of Equatorial Guinea since 1979.

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