Equitorial Guinea president denies rumours of his death - Daily Nation

Equitorial Guinea president denies rumours of his death

Tuesday October 14 2008

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Photo/REUTERS 

MALABO, Tuesday - Equatorial Guinea’s presidency today denied rumours “put out by the exiled opposition” that President Teodoro Obiang Nguema had “died or fallen in irreversible coma.”

His spokesmen said the rumours were “false”, but the President himself has yet to make a public appearance.

The opposition group “Democrats for Change” yesterday evening claimed to have been in direct contact with high officials within the Malabo presidency, alerting about the “possible death or at least irreversible coma” of President Obiang.

The “source” in Malabo allegedly had asked the opposition group to make these news public as soon ass possible to avoid “an anti-democratic solution” in Equatorial Guinea, with the possible power handover to President Obiang’s son “Teodorín”.

The opposition statement, sent to afrol News, coincided with the several days long celebrations of Equatorial Guinea’s independence, commencing on 10 October, and several events.

Ghanaian President John Kufuor, accompanied with a larger delegation and the local press, was to attend the celebrations, but his Malabo-bound flight midway suddenly returned to Ghana, allegedly due to technical errors in the aged presidential airplane, popularly called the “Flying Coffin”.

Also a highly profiled South African delegation, headed by ANC leader Jacob Zuma, was invited to participate in the celebrations. (Afrol News)