Equatorial Guinea is a small oil-rich nation on the west coast of Central Africa.
Bordered by Cameroon to the north and Gabon to the east and south, the country is nominally a multiparty constitutional republic.
Fifty four years ago, after gaining independence from Spain, Francisco Macías Nguema served as the first President of Equatorial Guinea until he was, in 1979, overthrown by his nephew, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is a 79-year-old Equatoguinean politician and retired military officer currently serving as the President of Equatorial Guinea since forty three years ago.
Born in Acoacán, Equatorial Guinea, Obiang underwent his military training in his native country and later held many government posts during the administration of his uncle, Francisco Macías Nguema, before ousting him in a military coup.
Regarded as the second longest serving non-royal national leader in the world, most of Obiang’s family members are holders of top government posts in the country.
His 53-year-old son, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, is currently the Vice President of the country.
Mangue became the Vice President of the country in 2012, succeeding Ignacio Milam Tang and Works directly under his father.
Prior to this, Mangue, under his father’s authoritarian regime, served as the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.