Study: AfCFTA to bring biggest benefits to Central Africa

Study: AfCFTA to bring biggest benefits to Central Africa

A study that looked at the potential regional impacts of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement suggests that it’s Central Africa that stands to gain the most from a unified African market of 1.3 billion consumers, and the easier movement of people and goods across borders. Research director…

Equatorial Guinea set to host AfDB annual meeting

Equatorial Guinea set to host AfDB annual meeting

Equatorial Guinea is set to host the African Development Bank’s annual meeting, which begins Tuesday in Malabo and runs through the week. “Equatorial Guinea is one of the most developed countries in Africa, but not many people know that,” said Vincent Nmehielle, the secretary general for AfDB, at a press…

Chad returns CPDS opposition leader to Equatorial Guinea

Chad returns CPDS opposition leader to Equatorial Guinea

Leaders of the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea say that Andrés Esono Ondo, the party’s general secretary, has returned home after two weeks of detention in neighboring Chad. He was flown to Cameroon from N’Djamena by Chadian authorities who, according to the CPDS account, determined there was…

U.S., Spain issue appeals on behalf of EG opposition leader Esono

Members of the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea continue appeals for the release of their leader, Andrés Esono Ondo, who was arrested April 11 in Chad while meeting with that nation’s opposition party, the National Union for Development and Renewal (UNDR). They’re now getting some response from…

UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

A sharply divided United Nations Security Council discussed the political crisis in Venezuela during an emergency meeting called by the United States on Saturday, with the council’s African members pressing for a national dialogue and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty rather than the forced removal of President Nicolás Maduro. The contentious…

Gambian leader Jammeh banned from entering U.S.

The United States has banned former president Yahya Jammeh and members of his family from entering the country, announcing on Monday a decision tied to “involvement in significant corruption.” The law enabling the decision is applicable when, the department said, the Secretary of State has credible information of such corruption…

Brazil’s Lula sees new corruption charges tied to Equatorial Guinea

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, imprisoned earlier this year after a corruption scandal, now faces new charges that allegedly involved benefits for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea. Federal prosecutors charged Lula with money laundering after he accepted USD$260,000 as a donation to his Lula Foundation…

Equatorial Guinea still suffers as Brazil seizes Obiang cash stash

Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president and the country’s vice president himself, is immersed in scandal again. This time Brazilian authorities seized USD$1.4 million found in a suitcase as his delegation arrived at Viracopos International Airport in Campinas on Friday. Obiang also traveled with about 20 luxury…

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Equatorial Guinea bans opposition CI party, sends members to prison

Equatorial Guinea has eliminated its main political opposition party, with the country’s courts dissolving Citizens for Innovation (CI) and sentencing dozens of its members to lengthy prison terms after determining the CI is a threat to security in President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s small West African nation. The decision this week…