|Type of Government: Republic|
|Head of State: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (since 1979)|
|Election Day: 24 April 2016|
|Ruling Party: Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE) led by President Obiang|
President Obiang has been in power since a coup, overthrowing Francisco Macias Nguema in 1979. His predecessor has been ruling the country since its independence from Spain in 1968. Being Africa’s longest-serving Head of State, Obiang has been reigning for 36 years. After the discovery of oil, the country has achieved a huge wealth increase, which however is not displayed in the majority’s living standards. Initially the elections were scheduled for November, 2015 but have been postponed with no official explanation.
 AfricaNews. 2016. Six ‘newcomers’ to face Equatorial Guinea president in April 24 election. Available at: http://www.africanews.com/2016/04/04/six-newcomers-to-face-equatorial-guinea-president-in-april-24-election/ [Accessed on April 21, 2016]