Friday, May 24, 2013
On May 26th, Equatorial Guinea will hold elections to determine the new members of the country's House of Representatives, Senate and Municipalities. Candidates and supporters for the participating political parties have been campaigning throughout the nation to share their message and promote their political platform.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Andres Esono, Secretary of Communications for the Convergence of Social Democracy Party (CPDS) in Equatorial Guinea, talks about campaigning for the upcoming elections on May 26th during an interview.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Lucas Nguema, Secretary General of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), talks about campaigning for the upcoming elections on May 26th during an interview.
Tomás Mecheba Fernández Galilea. Minister of health, secretary general of the Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea, said the government is working to renovate all the hospitals in the country within the next four years. Mecheba shared the country’s plan to improve the health sector during a press conference with international media, held in the Equatorial Guinea Cultural Center in Malabo on May 16, 2013.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Equatorial Guinea political parties addressed the local and international media in a press conference held in the Equatorial Guinea Cultural Center in Malabo on May 16, 2013. Political candidates participating in the upcoming elections, from the opposition parties and the coalition, were able to share their platforms in an open and transparent setting. Candidates showed civility toward one another and shared ideas that reflected genuine democratic participation.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea addressed the local and international media in a press conference held in Malabo on Tuesday, May 14th. During his speech, he called for greater participation and involvement in Equatorial Guinea's upcoming elections while also calling on African states to work together to bring progress and economic independence to the continent.
He also addressed the government's development plan called Horizon 2020. He stated that Equatorial Guinea is utilizing its oil wealth to build its political systems as well as health, agriculture, education, banking and transportation sectors. All the government ministries must meet benchmarks to get closer to meeting the goals of the President's Horizon 2020 plan to move Equatorial Guinea towards a self-sufficient and growing economy.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Minister of health, also leader of Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea, says citizens have access to quality care.
The government of Equatorial Guinea is working to renovate all the hospitals in the country within the next four years, according to Minister of Health Tomás Mecheba Fernández Galilea
Mr. Fernández, who is also secretary general of the Socialist Party of Equatorial Guinea (PSGE), discussed the renovation project in a press conference with international media about his party’s platform and developments in the country’s health sector. The PSGE is part of Equatorial Guinea’s governing coalition.
According to Mr. Fernández, foreign companies have worked with the government to play an important role in improving health conditions in the country. “The government requires that all oil companies contribute toward social service projects. We have had excellent results with the work that Marathon Oil has done. They partnered with us to establish a malaria program that has benefited citizens throughout the country, we are planning to produce the malaria vaccine here in Equatorial Guinea,” he said.
He said that the public has good access to quality health care, and that the quality is improving and the access growing year by year. “We have the state-of-the-art La Paz hospitals in Bata and Malabo, which are available to everyone in the country,” he said. “They are not just for the elite. Everyone is welcome to go. We have several other hospitals that are available for our citizens at a lower cost than in neighboring countries. We offer treatments for AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis to all Equatoguineans at no cost.”
Equatorial Guinea’s political parties are currently campaigning for the elections to be held on May 26. This is a historic election, in which citizens will elect members of a new Senate established in accordance with the constitutional reforms of February 2012. Voters will also elect members of a new parliament as well as local council members.