The defense of Equatorial Guinea encompasses (2009) 1,300 men enlisted and is
organized into three battalions, two patrol boats, one
fighter aircraft and five armed helicopters. Semi-military
security forces amount to 200 men. The material is older and
of Soviet origin. Defense costs decreased in 1985-2007 from
2.0% to 0.8% of GDP. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that GNQ stands for Equatorial Guinea.
The Obiang family is a kleptocracy that has stolen huge sums
from the country, which is both one of the richest and
poorest in the world, because the large revenue from oil
extraction does not benefit the people. The media is subject
to strict censorship, and the authorities control which
sites and information the public can access through the
Internet. Freedom of assembly and expression is grossly
suppressed and torture and arbitrary arrests are widespread.
The United States is the country's most important trading
partner and has major investments in the oil sector. France
also has hundreds of employees in the lucrative oil sector.
In April 2016, the dictator allowed himself to be elected
for another term. He reportedly got 93.5% of the vote.
During the period leading up to the election, the
dictatorship suppressed the right to assembly, used violence
- including firearms - against the opposition, and left
hundreds of its own nationals and foreigners imprisoned and
subjected to torture.
In June 2016, Obiang deployed Francisco Pascual Obama
Asue to the post of prime minister.
The Ministry of Education issued a circular in July that
all pregnant girls should be thrown out of the country's
schools. The circular came into force at the start of the
school year in September.
In September, a French prosecutor filed an indictment
against Obiang's eldest son Teodorin on corruption, money
laundering and fraud. During the investigation, the French
authorities seized property belonging to Teodorin, including
an apartment worth $ 180 million. € 18, 18 luxury cars and
an art collection worth approx. 18 million €. While
Theodorin acquired these values he was Minister of
Agriculture with an annual salary of approx. 100,000 US $.
The French prosecutor's office had already in May demanded
Teodorin stand trial. Obiang responded again by appointing
his son as vice president, and then brought a case before
the International Court of Justice in The Hague alleging
that France violated the son's immunity. The case followed
in the wake of a similar case in the United States where the
Justice Department had investigated Teodorin's money
laundering, his purchase of a house in Malibu for 30
million. US $ and a private jet for $ 38.5 million. US $. In
this case, a settlement was made when Teodorin agreed to
transfer US $ 30 million to US authorities. US $ to be sent
to charitable organizations in Equatorial Guinea. In Spain,
the authorities had brought similar cases against senior
officials, including the president.