Attempted coup hatched 'on French soil,' says Equatorial Guinea
Thursday January 11 2018
Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa's longest-serving leader, in power for more than 38 years. PHOTO | AFP
Foreign Minister Agapito Mba Mokuy says that in the light of the purported coup, his country was suspending participation in a new-born scheme to allow visa-free travel among six countries in central and western Africa.
Last Friday, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Zen Cherif said after a visit to Malabo that the author of the coup bid "is believed to be an Equatorial Guinean national living in Europe."
Teodoro Obiang, 75, is Africa's longest-serving president. He has faced a string of coup attempts during his decades in power.