Large posters against the presence of
former Gambian dictator, Yahya Jammeh who has been in exile in Equatorial
Guinea, since 2017, were hung in Malabo demanding that “this dictator” return
home to be judged, found the AFP Wednesday.
The Party Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), the second opposition party in Equatorial Guinea, “does not want another dictator,” could be read on posters held in front of its headquarters in Malabo, capital of the country held on an iron fist for more than 30 years by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
The CPDS “demands that dictator Yahya Jammeh returns to his country, to answer for his acts and crimes committed during his reign. Equatorial Guinea cannot turn into a host country for genocidal dictators,” said AFP Andrés Esono Ondo, secretary general of the party. Contacted by AFP, the first opposition party, Citizens for Innovation (CI), dissolved in February 2018, joined the CPDS approach: Malabo cannot accommodate “someone who has mistreated his people “, declared its leader Gabriel Nse Obiang.
Reaching power by a bloodless coup in 1994, Yahya Jammeh was largely elected and re-elected without interruption until his defeat in December 2016 against the opponent Adama Barrow. After six weeks of a rebound crisis caused by his refusal to give up power, he finally had to flee the country on 21 January 2017 for Equatorial Guinea following a threatened military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and a final Guinean-Mauritanian mediation. Installed in Mongomo, the native village of the Guinean president on the border of Gabon, the former Gambian president has only rarely been seen in public since arriving in Equatorial Guinea. On December 31, for New Year’s Eve, he appeared in a video on the social networks of Congolese singer Koffi Olomide, dancing with the singer, Teodoro Obiang, and his son who has become vice president, Teodorin Nguema Obiang.