Image of the press conference. / Photo: http://geconfidencial.blogspot.com/
Eduardo González. 12/10/2018
Five parties opposed to the regime of Teodoro Obiang Nguema in exile took advantage yesterday of the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Equatorial Guinea, which is commemorated today, to demand Spain, in its capacity as “Motherland”, to assume the leadership in the bosom of the international community to promote the transition from dictatorship to democracy in the country.
“After 50 years, it is possible that we meet again and the basis of that reunion should be the document for the peaceful transition to democracy”, but “we are still waiting for concrete answers to this document, starting with Spain”, said the president of the PPGE, Severo Moto, during a joint press conference at the International Press Center in Madrid.
Moto referred, specifically, to the program of transition to democracy in Equatorial Guinea, signed last April by the parties PPGE, APGE, CORED, MAIB and UP, which provides for a political amnesty, the creation of an electoral board with participation Spanish, the holding of presidential and legislative elections and the beginning of a constituent period.
The same five parties were dedicated throughout 2017 to seek the support of the international community to guarantee minimum conditions to begin the transition process, for which they sent a total of 27 letters to the Spanish Government (including King Felipe VI), the EU, the AU, the governments of Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria and Morocco, the UN or the US president, Donald Trump.
“We have received many acknowledgments, but no response from Spain or any other country”, regretted Severo Moto, although, in recent times, there have been certain “signs” that indicate the interest of Spain and others Governments to “do something to prevent that end badly, mostly because it would affect the interests of countries that take advantage of the resources of Equatorial Guinea”.
The opposition insists on its transition program to mark the 50th anniversary of Equatorial Guinea
For his part, the vice president of the PPGE, Armengol Engonga, announced that the opposition in exile will be held today at the Embassy of Equatorial Guinea in Madrid and affirmed that the 50th anniversary should be “an opportunity” to achieve a “democratic future, with freedom and with development”.
In the same act, Filiberto Ntutum, of CORED, asked that Spain, “as Motherland”, lead the response of the international community to Obiang’s regime, because “Spain, as a former colonial power, has a certain authority and must assume its role in front of the murderous dictator”.
In the same sense, Faustino Ondo Ebang, of UP, warned that “Spain should play a preponderant role as Motherland”, since “the international community itself says that it is Spain that must move”. “The old metropolises have influenced the fall of all dictatorships in Africa” but Spain, he lamented, “stopped supporting the opposition in 2004”.
Antonio Nsue, from APGE, regretted that the exile transition program has not received the support of the Intergroup on Equatorial Guinea of the Foreign Commission of the Congress to date. “We do not know what its function is really”, he denounced.