Equatorial Guinea judge refers opposition as ‘paramilitary’

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President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is widely regarded as an authoritarian ruler

Equatorial Guinea’s attorney general says main opposition party “must be dissolved” because it resembles a “paramilitary group”.

David Nguema Obiang was speaking during the trial of 147 opposition activists charged with “rebellion”.

“The Citizens for Innovation (CI) party should be dissolved; there is violence wherever it holds meetings.

“It doesn’t even resemble a political party… It’s like a paramilitary group,” he was quoted as saying.

The trial is linked to scuffles which broke out after police attempted to stop an opposition rally ahead of elections in November.

The ruling Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea won 99 parliamentary seats and the CI one.

The CI denounced the poll as fraudulent.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has ruled Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanish colony, with an iron-grip since 1979.

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