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Equatorial Guinea leader poised to extend 43 years in power

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP) — Africa’s longest-serving president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, is expected to extend his rule in the oil-rich country despite opposition accusations of voting irregularities. All but two of the Central African nation’s opposition parties have joined an alliance with the ruling party. Critics have long accused Obiang’s regime of intimidation, torture and corruption. Obiang seized power in a 1979 coup. The 80-year-old Obiang last week urged voters to keep him in power, warning of the risks of political upheaval. The results from Sunday’s vote are all but certain to show a victory — according to official results he’s never gotten less than 90% of the vote in previous elections.

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