Saturday, November 28, 2009

'No alternative' in Equatorial Guinea elections - 28 Nov 09

Equatorial Guinea will hold presidential elections on Sunday, and its leader of thirty years predicts he will win almost 100 per cent of the vote. Equatorial Guinea had a low international profile until large oil reserves were discovered in 1994. Since then, its per capita income has expanded to more than $30,000 a year,. making it the richest nation in sub-Saharan Africa. But living conditions for most people in the country remain harsh. Many of them survive on less than a dollar a day. And the life expectancy for the average citizen is just 50 years. Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege sat down with President Obiang in the capital Malabo in his first interview with foreign media in several years.