Celestino Bonifacio Bacalé

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Celestino Bonifacio Bacalé Obiang (born 24 September 1957) is an Equato-Guinean politician. He is the Secretary of International Relations and Cooperation of the Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS).[1]

Bacalé was a founding member of the CPDS and was the Secretary of Information and Propaganda of the CPDS Provisional Executive Committee during the early 1990s.[1] After copies of the CPDS paper La Verdad, which he and Plácido Micó Abogo wanted sent to Spain, were intercepted at the airport in Malabo in February 1992, Bacalé was among those arrested.[2] When the party held its Constitutive Congress in December 1994, Bacalé became Secretary of International Relations.[1]

Bacalé was the CPDS candidate in the December 2002 presidential election; Micó Abogo, the party's leader, was imprisoned at the time. Complaining of voter fraud, Bacalé withdrew his candidacy on the day of the election.[3][4] Along with Micó Abogo, he was one of two CPDS candidates elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the April 2004 parliamentary election. He and Micó Abogo won their seats from Malabo, the capital.[2]

At the Third National Congress of the CPDS, held in Bata on 28–30 January 2005, Bacalé was re-elected to his post on CPDS National Executive Committee as Secretary for International Relations and Cooperation.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Comisión Ejecutiva Nacional", page at CPDS website, 30 January 2005 (in Spanish).
  2. ^ a b Page at CPDS website at the Wayback Machine (archived October 21, 2007) (in Spanish).
  3. ^ "Equatorial Guinea candidate quits", BBC News, 15 December 2002.
  4. ^ Charles Cobb Jr., "Equatorial Guinea: Obiang Sure to Win As Opposition Quits Poll", allAfrica.com, December 16, 2002.