- According to opposition sources, the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, died this evening. Sources in the Equatoguinean presidency are quoted.
The opposition group "Democrats for Change" claims to be in contact with high officials within the Malabo presidency, alerting about the "possible death or at least irreversible coma" of President Obiang.
The source was said to be in contact with the family of the reportedly deseased Dictator, which had wanted state sources to remain silent on the situation, to enable the family to mourn its leader.
However, in accordance with typical Equatoguinean conspiracy theories, the opposition group claims that the delayed publication of the President's alleged death was tied to the family's hope that Mr Obiang's first-borne son "Teodorin" would be given time to take over power. "Democrats for Change" claim that their source in the presidency had urged them to publish President Obiang's death to avoid "an anti-democratic solution" in the country.
The 66-year-old President of Equatorial Guinea came to power in a coup in 1979, enthroning and killing his own uncle Francisco Macias. He has ruled the Spanish ex-colony as his personal belonging ever since.
Rumours about his ill health have been common during the last decade. It has been commonly accepted that the Equatoguinean President is suffering from terminal prostate cancer, amongst other illnesses. He is reported to visit European and Moroccan hospitals on a regular basis.
However, rumours of his death have so far not been spread at many occasions.
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