MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Palace of Congresses and Conferences in Sipopo, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo S. E. was sworn in as President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea after winning the country's recent election.
In his speech, the President highlighted the political maturity shown by the people of Equatorial Guinea in recent years. "Since the beginning of our democratic experiment, the people have shown incredible support in electoral constituencies within and outside the country the political option presented by the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, because they understand that the continuity of peace, political stability, economic and social development our country has experienced should not be interrupted."
The President also thanked the people for the trust they placed in him by re-electing him with 93 percent of the votes. International observers described the election as "transparent, fair, and legal."
"I'm not President of a district, province or region, much less one ethnic or tribal group," said President Obiang. "First and foremost, I am President of the Republic and of the entire nation of Equatorial Guinea and, as such, it is my duty and obligation to defend and serve the people, safeguard national unity, territorial integrity, and promote the welfare of all citizens."
The elections took place in a peaceful and orderly atmosphere across the country with an overwhelming participation of the people of Equatorial Guinea. The President commended the people and said, "Our priority remains the preservation of peace, political stability, permanent dialogue between all political forces, and institutional strengthening in order to make our democracy an instrument to benefit the welfare and development of the nation."
The President emphasized that the next seven years will be crucial to the development of Equatorial Guinea and invited the people embrace "this renewed spirit and continue our march towards the wellbeing and happiness of the nation."
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. ="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50152514@N07/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.
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