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A weekend referendum on constitutional changes that will allow Equatorial Guinea's president of three decades to pick his own successor was marred by intimidation and stuffed ballot boxes, a human rights group said Monday.
Constitutional reforms endorsed by President Obiang passed on November 13, but the outcome of the referendum has been strongly contested by local opposition groups and international human rights groups.
The government of Equatorial Guinea must follow through on its promises to protect and promote women's rights.
Equatorial Guinea held a referendum on constitutional changes on Sunday which rights groups said were an attempt by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to strengthen his 32-year grip on power in the central African oil producer.
Equatorial Guinea's main opposition have dismissed as a sham the referendum on limiting presidents of the oil-rich nation to serving two terms.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea held a referendum on Sunday that would institute a number of changes to the country's constitution which opponents have sharply criticized.
Officials in Equatorial Guinea say voters overwhelmingly backed a constitutional referendum this week that limits presidents to two terms in office, but the new law may not apply to the country's current leader of three decades, President Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo.
EG Justice and Human Rights Watch said today that the constitutional amendments that the citizens of Equatorial Guinea will be voting on will strengthen the powers of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and further deprive citizens of their civil and political rights.
Joseph Kraus, Program Director at EG Justice, speaks with Deutsche Welle Radio about the recent constitutional referendum in Equatorial Guinea and the alleged widespread voter fraud.
On November 13, 2011, Equatorial Guinea held a referendum on proposed constitutional changes. Official reports state that 91% of the electorate participated and that the proposals garnered 97.7% support.
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