Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang claims election win

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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang claims election win

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang NguemaObiang Nguema Mbasogo speaks after he cast his ballot at the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Malabo during Equatorial Guinea's presidential, legislative and municipal elections on November 20, 2022. SAMUEL OBIANG AFP DAKAR - Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang NguemaObiang Nguema won the election with 95 percent of the vote on Nov 20 and his party took all the Senate and Parliament seats, his son Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue said on Saturday.

Reuters was not able to verify the claim.

Obiang, 80, would win his sixth term in office, extending his 43 year rule and cementing his place as the world's longest-standing ruler.

The vice president tweeted, "The definitive results prove us right again." Obiang's Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea PDGE and coalition won the full 55 seats in the Senate and the 100 seats in the lower house, known as the Chamber of Deputies. The president can now appoint the remaining 15 senatorial seats, his son said.

The West African country of 1.5 million people has only two presidents since independence from Spain in 1968.

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Obiang ousted his uncle Francisco Macias Nguema in a coup in 1979.