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Will Obiang's iron grip on Equatorial Guinea continue?


Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang is the world's longest-serving non-royal head of state. He ousted his uncle in a military coup in 1979 and has ruled the tiny African state for all of the 33 years since - with an iron grip.

Under a planned new constitution, presidential terms in the country will be limited to two seven-year sessions. HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur asked whether that meant President Obiang was planning to step aside any time soon.

Equatorial Guinea: Obiang's future capital, Oyala

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