Ninety-eighth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2005 19:52:42 +0200)

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Intelligence profile : Equatorial Guinea

Background

Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Obiang Nguema has ruled the country for over two decades since he overthrew his uncle, President Francisco Nguema, in 1979. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996 and 2002 presidential elections - as well as the 1999 legislative elections - were widely seen as being flawed. The president controls most opposition parties through the judicious use of patronage. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, there have been few improvements in the country's living standards.

General

Country name : Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial
(Republic of Equatorial Guinea)
Short name : Guinea Ecuatorial (Equatorial Guinea)
Former name : Spanish Guinea
Capital : Malabo
Administrative divisions : 7 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia); Annobon, Bioko Norte, Bioko Sur, Centro Sur, Kie-Ntem, Litoral, Wele-Nzas.

Military & security

Information about the security services of Equatorial Guinea is scarce. According to public sources on the internet, the military forces consist of approximately 2500 service members, amongst them are ca. 400 para-military policemen.

Department for National Security
  Secretary of National Security
  Delegate for the National Security
  General Inspector of Personal and Services
  Chief of the Technical Cabinet
 
General Director of National Security
 
General Director of Presidential Security
  National Central Office - OCN (Interpol)
  National Police (Gendarmerie)

Tasks that are assigned to the Department for National Security include:

Sources

Also thanks to those who wish to remain anonymous

Translations: Tony Paredes


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