World’s Longest-Serving President Starts 6th Term
The world’s longest-serving head of state, the president of Equatorial Guinea, has been sworn in for a sixth term in office. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who is 80, took the presidential oath before inspecting a military parade. He declared he was and always would be the leader of all Equatorial Guineans. He first seized power in a coup in the 1979. Critics say elections since then have been rigged, with the opposition largely prevented from taking part and the media controlled by the government and its allies.