MALABO, Equatorial Guinea – A few years after the Arab Spring, and amid the uproar that caused Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, one of the longest-standing African presidents to remain in power, says he will continue to fulfill the presidential duties being a dictator calls for.
“I am the rightful president, and for as long as I am, I am going to fulfill my duties of destroying the opposition, rigging elections, and taking all the wealth from the people and putting it into my bank accounts,” Obiang, the president of Equatorial Guinea, said. “This is my duty, and one I will uphold.”
Obiang is already accused of many atrocities including murder by Western observers, but says he will not back down from his actions.
“The people need somebody strong,” Obiang said. “I have won every election, because they trust me and because they support how I act.”