Equatorial Guinea. Following a beginning border dispute with Gabon in 2003, Equatorial Guinea and the neighboring country agreed in January to resolve the dispute with the help of the UN mediation.
Following reports in March that hundreds of foreigners had been deported, eight South Africans, six Armenians, one German and five Equatorial Guineans were arrested. They were accused of planning to overthrow the regime and appoint the fugitive opposition leader Severo Moto as president. At the same time, 68 men, most South Africans, who were accused of being mercenaries on their way to Equatorial Guinea were arrested in Zimbabwe. In South Africa, Mark Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was arrested on suspicion of funding the coup attempt. In September, a court in Zimbabwe sentenced British former elite soldier Simon Mann to seven years in prison for weapons violations and the others to shorter prison sentences. In Equatorial Guinea, South African Nick Du Toit was sentenced to 34 years in prison and eleven others to between 16 and 24 years in prison. Six people were acquitted. The German died in custody before the trial. Opposition leader Moto was sentenced in his absence to 63 years in prison. Mark Thatcher was released against the bail, but the South African investigation into him continued.
According to a US congressional report, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo would have invested nearly $ 13 million in US Riggs Bank. According to CountryAAH, the total population in Equatorial Guinea is 1,402,996 people in 2020. Foreign oil companies, according to the same report, have deposited more than $ 35 million in accounts belonging to the president in tax havens. The government threatened to sue the foreign media that spread the information.
During the year, general elections were also held, giving the parties around the president – including some called the “democratic opposition” – 98 of Parliament’s 100 seats and 237 of 244 seats in municipal assemblies. In a government reform, Miguel Abia Biteo Borico was appointed new Prime Minister.