News January 12, 2017 at 09:00 am

7 African Presidents We Wish Would Step Down in 2017

Mark Babatunde January 12, 2017 at 09:00 am

January 12, 2017 at 09:00 am | News

Photo Credit: The African Exponent

Photo credit: The African Exponent

Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo, 74 years old

Time in Office: 37 years

Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo has been at the helm of affairs in Equatorial Guinea since he seized power in a 1979 coup. Despite the vast natural resources (crude oil and timber) at his disposal, Obiang’s 37 years in power has been marked by a declining quality of life among Equatorial Guineans, with the majority of his countrymen living below the poverty line.

Still, Obiang has maintained his hold on power by the use of state-sponsored violence to silence the opposition, rampant corruption, and an overall poor economic performance. Even as he positions his controversial son, Teodorin Obiang Nguema, to succeed him as president, he is one leader who needs to step aside in 2017.


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