Equatorial Guinea expels 42 ruling party members over coup bid

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema

What you need to know:

  • Equatorial Guinea is one of sub-Sahara's biggest oil producers but a large proportion of its 1.2 million population still lives in poverty.
  • Obiang seized power in a coup on August 3, 1979, ousting his own uncle, Francisco Macias Nguema, who was shot by firing squad.

Equatorial Guinea's ruling party has expelled 42 of its members for their alleged role in a coup bid late last year, party sources said Sunday.
The ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) decided to expel them for their role in the failed December 24 coup, said a resolution passed by the party's disciplinary committee on Friday.
Those expelled included a former ambassador, at least two former judges and the former head of security for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa's longest-serving leader.
They had collaborated with "a group of terrorists and mercenaries", the party resolution said.

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