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New Cabinet Paves Way for Successor to World’s Longest-Serving President

  • Equatorial Guinea leader’s son seen gaining clout in reshuffle
  • Half-brother Gabriel Obiang reappointed as oil minister
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

Photographer: Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

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The reappointment of key allies of Vice President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue to the government of Equatorial Guinea signals the heir apparent to the world’s longest-serving president is consolidating power before a succession.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, 78, signed a decree for the return of many of his top ministers after forcing them to quit last week over a deepening economic crisis. The cabinet reshuffle, announced on Wednesday, shows the growing clout of the vice president, who’s known as Teodorin.