Francisco Macías Nguema

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Francisco Macías Nguema
Macías Nguema in 1968
1st President of Equatorial Guinea
In office
12 October 1968 – 3 August 1979
Vice President
See list
Preceded byOffice established
(Víctor Suances y Díaz del Río as colonial governor)
Succeeded byTeodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Deputy Prime Minister of the Autonomous Government of Equatorial Guinea
In office
1 January 1964 – 12 October 1968
Prime MinisterBonifacio Ondó Edú
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Mez-m Ngueme

1 January 1924
Nfengha, Río Muni Province, Spanish Guinea
Died29 September 1979(1979-09-29) (aged 55)
Black Beach Prison, Malabo, Bioko Norte, Equatorial Guinea
Resting placeMalabo Cemetery
Political partyUnited National Workers' Party
Other political
IPGE (1958–1963, 1968–1970)
MUNGE [es] (1963–1966)
MONALIGE [es] (1966–1968)
ChildrenMónica,[1][2] Maribel, Paco, and at least one older son[3]
Cause of deathExecution by firing squad
Criminal statusExecuted
Crimes against humanity
Mass murder
Criminal penaltyDeath
Victims50,000 – 80,000
Span of crimes

Francisco Macías Nguema (born Mez-m Ngueme, later Africanised to Masie Nguema Biyogo Ñegue Ndong; 1 January 1924 – 29 September 1979), often mononymously referred to as Macías,[4] was an Equatoguinean politician who served as the first President of Equatorial Guinea from the country's independence in 1968 until his overthrow in 1979. He is widely remembered as one of the most brutal dictators in history.

A member of the Fang people, Macías held numerous official positions under Spanish colonial rule before being elected the first president of the soon-to-be independent country in 1968. Early in his rule, he consolidated power by establishing an extreme cult of personality, a one-party state ruled by his United National Workers' Party (PUNT) and declaring himself president for life in 1972, which was then ratified by a referendum the following year. Due to his dictatorship's severe human rights abuses and economic mismanagement, tens of thousands of people fled the country to avoid persecution. This led to Equatorial Guinea being internationally nicknamed the "Dachau of Africa".[5] His rule also led to significant brain drain as intellectuals and educated classes were particular targets for his persecution. In 1979, he was overthrown in a coup d'état by his nephew Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and was subsequently tried and executed.[6]

According to various sources, anywhere from 20,000 to 80,000 of the roughly 200,000 to 300,000 people living in the country were killed under his regime, with tens of thousands more fleeing the country. He has been compared to Pol Pot because of the violent, unpredictable, and anti-intellectual nature of his government.[7]

Background and early life[edit]

Francisco Macías Nguema was born on 1 January 1924,[8] as Mez-m Ngueme at Nzangayong, Spanish Guinea, to parents who had been expelled with the rest of their clan from what is today Woleu-Ntem Province, Gabon,[9] at a time when the Spanish Colonial Guard had not yet exerted control over the jungled area. He belonged to the Esangui clan, part of the Fang, Equatorial Guinea's majority ethnic group. His family settled in Mongomo, where he grew up.[9] Macías Nguema was the son of a witch doctor who allegedly killed his younger brother as a sacrifice.[10] Macías Nguema managed to survive several bouts of tuberculosis as a child, which left him with a profound fear of death for the remainder of his life. He was educated at a Catholic school through to primary level.[9] He changed his name to Francisco Macías Nguema at this time[11][12] after being baptized by Spanish Catholic missionaries,[10] and would come to learn Spanish in addition to his native Fang.[13] During his adolescence, he worked as a servant for some wealthy Spanish settlers, being described as helpful and obedient, which earned him ridicule and mistreatment by other non-Christianized Fang, and showed an inferiority complex with respect to the Spaniards.[10]

Possible mental illness[edit]

Medical reports from his early career suggested that Macías Nguema was mentally unstable. Based on a report from 1968, the French foreign intelligence service SDECE argued that he suffered from mental disorders and venereal diseases whose effects on his psyche were made even worse by his regular abuse of drugs such as cannabis in the form of the edible derivative bhang, and iboga, a drink with strong hallucinogenic effects.[9][4][7] Several contemporaries, such as the French ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, argued that Macías Nguema was insane.[9] Some observers have posited that Macías Nguema may have been a psychopath, a disorder potentially enabled, in part, by reported childhood psychological trauma, and that his behaviour could have been affected by other possible mental illnesses, as well as his reported periodic use of drugs.[14][15] Journalist Paul Kenyon described Macías Nguema as "dangerously mentally ill".[16]

Early career[edit]

Macías Nguema failed the civil service exam three times in the 1930s.[17] Regardless, he eventually became a clerk in the Spanish colonial administration, after passing the exam on the fourth try with assistance and some favoritism from colonial authorities, serving as court interpreter.[18] In the 1940s, he also worked for the Forest Service in Bata, the Río Benito Public Works Department,[12] as a catechist in Bata,[19] and in the Bata Public Works Service.[19] In 1961, he first travelled to Madrid as spokesperson for a delegation which honoured Francisco Franco, Spain's dictator, on the 25th anniversary of his seizure of power. At the time, Macías Nguema generally displayed no anti-Spanish sentiment and collaborated with the authorities, preferring to work towards eventual independence within the existing system.[20][21] Unlike many Equatoguinean activists at the time, he was never jailed by the Spanish.[9]

As court interpreter, Macías Nguema eventually began taking bribes to manipulate his translations to absolve or incriminate defendants. The Spanish interpreted his important role in many trials as evidence for influence and talent for leadership, and began to rapidly promote him. He became assistant interpreter,[18] mayor of Mongomo,[9] minister of public works, and finally deputy president of the Governing Council within a single year in the 1960s after Spanish Guinea was transformed from a colony to a province of Spain.[18] He also served as a member of the territorial parliament.[7] Even at this early point of his career, Macías Nguema already exhibited erratic tendencies. In a conference to discuss the future independence of Equatorial Guinea at Madrid, he suddenly began an "incoherent eulogy of the Nazis", claiming that Adolf Hitler had wanted to save Africans from colonialism and only got "confused", causing him to attempt to conquer Europe.[18] At one point he declared himself a "Hitlerian-Marxist".[22][23]

Prime Minister of Spanish Guinea Bonifacio Ondó Edú, Macías Nguema's main opponent in the 1968 presidential election

In 1964, Macías Nguema was named deputy prime minister of the autonomous transition government established the prior year.[7] Around this time, Macías Nguema himself came to fear that he was mentally unstable. Before the 1968 Spanish Guinean general election, aged 44, he travelled to Madrid, where he was treated at the Ruben clinic.[9] Despite these concerns, Macías Nguema ran for president of the soon-to-be independent country against Prime Minister Bonifacio Ondó Edú on a strongly nationalist platform in 1968.[7] He employed a Spanish lawyer to write his texts, providing him with a coherent agenda, and made various promises to improve his popularity.[18] He would point at European-owned houses and ask the crowds if they wanted to own the place; when they responded positively, he stated that he would give them to the listeners if they voted for him.[24] However, Macías Nguema was easily distracted from his speeches, and often made "chaotic public appearances". His bouts of erratic behavior were generally believed to be the sign of a "fearless" and "charming" leader.[25] In what has been the only free election held in the country to date, he defeated Ondó Edú in the runoff and was sworn in as president on 12 October.[7] During his time as president-elect, he was awarded the Collar of the Order of Civil Merit. He was also made Commander of the Civil Order of Africa [es] for his service during the colonial administration. By this point he had also distanced himself from Catholicism, becoming outwardly critical of the Church.[26]


Early rule[edit]

Signing of the independence of Spanish Guinea by the then Spanish minister Manuel Fraga together with the new Equatorial Guinean president Macías Nguema on 12 October 1968

After assuming power, Macías Nguema initially maintained a moderate policy and good relations with Spain,[27] but within a year began to hold inflammatory, anti-European speeches and claimed that there were plots to overthrow him. His rival Bonifacio Ondó Edú then fled to Gabon.[24] Additionally, relations with Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco had rapidly deteriorated, the coffers of the only two banks in the new country, the Banco Exterior de España and the Banco de Crédito, were emptied (meaning officials could not be paid), the country still lacked a national bank or its own currency (meaning the Spanish peseta had to be used), and according to the transition agreements with Spain, any biennial budgets approved for the territory prior to independence would need to be used, but Spain refused to honor its obligations.[28] In March 1969, Macías Nguema arrested his own foreign minister and political rival, Atanasio Ndongo, on treason charges and killed him by defenestrating him; Macias then took photographs of Ndongo dying on the street, later showing the album to Newsweek correspondent John Barnes.[29] Edú was also captured and brought back to Equatorial Guinea, where he and several other senior officials were killed at Black Beach.[30][a] Macías Nguema then accused Spain of creating an economic blockade by refusing to acknowledge obligations under the transition agreements, declaring he would not abide by the 1968 Constitution that had been "imposed" on the country by Spain and which he opposed.[28] He began travelling the country, encouraging his followers to fight against the Spanish, provoking a diplomatic crisis,[31][32] also ordering the confiscation of all weapons possessed by Spaniards in the country[33] and demanding they abandon all property they owned there.[34][35][36] The Spanish government subsequently organized the evacuation of all its citizens (roughly 7,500)[37][38] and all its Civil Guard forces,[39] while the British ambassador described the Equatoguinean capital as being in a state of total chaos.[30] At this point, Macías Nguema still recognized his mental instability and again sought help. After assuming the presidency, he made a secret trip to Barcelona and visited a psychiatrist for help. Although little was known about what advice the Spanish expert gave Macías Nguema, Kenyon argued that the treatment appeared to have failed considering the President's subsequent development. Macías Nguema also persisted in consuming large amounts of drugs.[4] On Christmas Eve 1969, he had 186 suspected dissidents executed in the national football stadium in Malabo. While the executions were going on, amplifiers played Mary Hopkin's song "Those Were the Days". One hundred and fifty were shot or hanged with the remaining 36 being ordered to dig ditches in which they were buried up to their necks and eaten alive by red ants over the next few days.[40][41] In 1971 he began forcing the entire population to undergo daily military training with a wooden rifle.[28][42]

On 7 May 1971, Macías Nguema issued Decree 415, which repealed parts of the 1968 Constitution and granted him "all direct powers of Government and Institutions", including powers formerly held by the legislative and judiciary branches, as well as the cabinet of ministers.[43] On 18 October 1971, Law 1 imposed the death penalty as punishment for threatening the President or the government. Insulting or offending the President or his cabinet was punishable by 30 years in prison. On 14 July 1972, a presidential decree merged all existing political parties into the United National Party (later the United National Workers' Party),[citation needed] with Macías Nguema as President for Life of both the nation and the party.[44] Fearing that the Spanish wanted to overthrow him, Macías Nguema offered promotions and other rewards to anyone who revealed a Spanish spy; this led to a climate of fear and suspicion, as owning the wrong book or having talked with the wrong person could result in punishment, imprisonment or death.[30]

Having turned against Spain, Macías Nguema allied with the Eastern Bloc, enlisting support by the Soviet Union, Cuba, and North Korea. He allowed the Soviets to channel weapons through Equatorial Guinea to the MPLA in Angola, while repeatedly threatening to terminate this alliance in order to blackmail the Eastern Bloc into providing him with money. The Cubans and North Koreans provided Macías Nguema with soldiers and bodyguards; his relationship with North Korea remained good until his overthrow.[9] He admired the North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, and according to his daughter Monica Macias, the two were friends.[9]

Starting in the early 1970s, Macías Nguema also began repressing non-Fang ethnic groups in the country, such as the Bubi people of Santa Isabel (whom he associated with relative wealth and education) and the Annobónese (due to what he felt was too much affection for Spain). Santa Isabel was then militarized (with its inhabitants harassed)[45] and Pagalu (part of Annobón) was cut off from aid during a 1973 cholera epidemic,[46][47] resulting in around 100 deaths.[20] The prior year, mass arrests had taken place on Annobón after a majority of its electorate voted against Macías Nguema in the 1968 elections.[28] Use of the Fang language was forcibly imposed, with penalties for anyone caught using Spanish[48][49][50] or languages belonging to ethnic minorities.[51]

Totalitarian dictatorship[edit]

Growing paranoia and cult of personality[edit]

In a plebiscite held on 29 July 1973, the 1968 Constitution was replaced with a new document that gave Macías Nguema absolute power and formally made his party the only one legally permitted. According to official figures, 99 percent of voters approved the new document.[citation needed] The same year, a United Nations mission was expelled from the country.[52][53] Macías Nguema went on to establish a totalitarian regime with three important pillars: the United National Workers' Party, the Juventud en Marcha con Macías (JMM; English: Youth on the March with Macías) militia/youth group, and the Esangui clan of Río Muni. The country's instruments of repression (the military and presidential bodyguard) were entirely controlled by Macías Nguema's relatives and clan members.[54] The JMM became increasingly powerful, and its members abused their powers, often drunkenly harassing and imprisoning individuals based on mere suspicions of sympathy for dissident ideas.[30] The President mostly filled his inner circle with family members such as Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who was his nephew and served as military governor of Bioko and Vice-Minister of the Armed Forces.[17][55] Macías Nguema also developed an extreme cult of personality, and assigned himself titles such as the "Unique Miracle" and "Grand Master of Education, Science, and Culture". The island of Fernando Pó had its name Africanised after him to Masie Ngueme Biyogo Island; upon his overthrow in 1979, its name was again changed to Bioko. The capital, Santa Isabel, had its name changed to Malabo.[7] His cult of personality even infiltrated the Catholic Church in Equatorial Guinea, as priests were ordered to thank the President before mass, while pictures of him were placed in churches. At the Iglesia de San Fernando in Malabo a photo of the President was adorned with the statement "God created Equatorial Guinea thanks to Macías".[56]

Macías Nguema also suffered from extreme paranoia, and saw plots against his life and rule everywhere. As time went on, he ordered the mass murder of government ministers, members of National Assembly, officials, and even members of his own family.[4] Intellectuals and skilled professionals were a particular target, with human rights researcher Robert af Klinteberg describing Macías Nguema's policy as "deliberate cultural regression".[11] The president's paranoid actions included mandating the death of those who wore glasses,[54] banning use of the word "intellectual"[17][57] and destroying boats to stop his people fleeing from his rule[17] (fishing was banned).[58] He was known to order entire villages destroyed just to eliminate one suspected dissident.[4] His prisons, most importantly Black Beach, were notorious for human rights abuses; prisoners were humiliated, starved, tortured, and murdered without due process.[59] When there was a trial at all, dissidents faced kangaroo courts organized by the JMM militia,[60] as almost all judges in the country fled or were jailed during Macías Nguema's rule.[57] In one of these show trials in 1974, even the defence team of the accused requested a death sentence for their clients.[60] Prisoners sentenced to death were usually beaten to death with wooden clubs.[60] Female prisoners were also subjected to rape, often in front of their husbands.[9] Macías Nguema's regime often imprisoned entire families, including the spouses and children of suspected dissidents.[9][61] The abuse in the prisons was overseen by Teodoro, who reportedly enjoyed mocking and torturing the prisoners.[62] Among the few people who could still convince Macías Nguema to spare suspected dissidents were his relatives, such as Raimundo Ela Nve Senior, though his circle of confidants grew ever smaller.[63]

Last years[edit]

Macías Ngema depicted on the 1969 1,000 Pesetas banknote.

Growing increasingly paranoid, Macías Nguema no longer slept at the presidential palace from around 1974 and visited the capital on ever more rare occasions.[4] Instead, he began holing up in a fortified villa at his home village of Mongomo; the location had a private bunker as well as prison and was protected by a military camp.[16] The villa's private prison usually housed about 300 inmates, and the President occasionally personally executed some of them.[9] As time went on, Macías Nguema's actions became ever more bizarre. He declared private education subversive, and banned it entirely with Decree 6 on 18 March 1975.[64] He Africanized his name to "Masie Nguema Biyogo Ñegue Ndong" in 1976 after demanding that the rest of the Equatoguinean population replace their Hispanic names with African names. He also banned Western clothes, foods and medicines for the rest of the population, stating that they were un-African,[11][65][66][67] with Macías Nguema obtaining the little food available and reselling it at prices the vast majority of the population could not afford to punish those he thought did not want to work. As he also decided at what time the food would be resold, products would often be expired before they were offered to the public.[20] He eventually outlawed Christianity,[68] and used the slogan (sometimes claimed to be the national motto[7]) "There is no other God than Macías".[69][70] Owning anything related to Christianity became a reason for imprisonment due to alleged support for anti-government plots or coup attempts.[57]

Following his repeated purges and unpredictable policies, the country's government began to fall apart. During Macías Nguema's rule, the country had neither a development plan nor an accounting system or budget for government funds.[28][71] After the killing of the governor of the Central Bank, he carried everything that remained in the national treasury to his Mongomo villa.[7] Statisticians were also heavily repressed, and as a consequence, little economic data was generated on Equatorial Guinea during the 1970s. When the Equatorial Guinean director of the Institute of Statistics, Saturnin Antonio Ndongo, published demographic data considered too low by Macías, he was dismembered to "help him learn to count".[9][72] After 1973, his regime also suppressed private commercial activity,[20][73] and due to a lack of exports[20] and foreign investment (the latter due to Macías Nguema's refusal in most cases),[20] the nation lacked foreign currency,[74] meaning that the Equatorial Guinean ekwele introduced in 1975 which had quickly lost nearly all value[20][75] could not be replaced. Only Macías Nguema, the army, and the police were able to receive a regular salary during this time, with others sometimes going months without getting paid, eventually leading to the economy regressing to a subsistence barter system and government services shrinking to only cover internal security.[76][77][78] Starting in 1976, Macías Nguema mandated that all children between the ages of 7 and 14 receive military training, and that any parent or person refusing would be imprisoned or shot.[76]

Tens of thousands of citizens responded by fleeing in fear of persecution and to protect their personal safety. Af Klinteberg reported that as of 1978, at least 101,000 persons, out of a contemporary population that the World Bank estimates totalled 215,284 persons—nearly 47% of the population—had fled the country.[79][80] Other reporting, such as a 1979 Time magazine account stating that "perhaps 150,000" persons fled, suggests that the proportion of the population that sought safety in exile may have approached 70%, based on the World Bank's estimate of the population in 1979.[81] By the end of his rule, nearly all of the country's educated class was either executed or forced into exile—a brain drain from which the country has never recovered. Two-thirds of the legislature and 10 of his original ministers were also killed or had been disappeared.[82] To prevent people from escaping, Macías Nguema had the only road out of the country mined,[67] and camouflaged ditches with spikes constructed along the mainland border.[16] In 1976, Nigeria evacuated 45,000 contract laborers from the country, citing "brutal ill treatment" by Macías Nguema's regime. In 1977, responding to falling cocoa production (one of the country's main export items), the President instituted a "system of slavery".[44] During his presidency, his country was nicknamed the "Dachau of Africa", after the Nazi concentration camp,[5] with condemnations of his government issued by the International Commission of Jurists,[83] World Council of Churches,[84] the UN,[28] the Organisation of African Unity,[85][86] Amnesty International,[87][88] and the European Commission.[89]

By 1978, a United States House of Representatives joint resolution condemning him for acts of religious persecution and genocide had been proposed.[90] By 1979, his servants stated that Macías Nguema had become increasingly withdrawn, often spending the time mostly alone at his Mongomo villa. He would wander around, repeatedly saying the names of his victims, and worshipping a collection of heads as per Fang tradition, hoping that this would grant him power. Even more disturbing to the servants was one occasion, however, when he ordered a meal and table to be prepared for eight guests. He then sat there alone, casually talking "with the dead".[16] Members of Macías Nguema's inner circle and government officials became more and more worried about his erratic behavior;[91] at this point, the government had mostly ceased to function, as most minister posts were vacant, officials were no longer paid, the National Assembly was effectively defunct, while the JMM militia ran amok across Equatorial Guinea, drunkenly murdering civilians.[91] The overcrowding of the prisons was solved through regular mass executions, though many prisoners were simply left to starve to death.[55] Even the presidential guards were forced to survive by scavenging fruits and hunting wild animals, as supply had mostly collapsed.[91] In mid-April 1979, Macías Nguema's wife travelled to North Korea for surgery, taking their three younger children, Monica, Maribel, and Paco with her.[3]


Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Macías Nguema's nephew and leader of the coup against him

By 1979, Macías Nguema's government had garnered condemnation from the United Nations and European Commission. That summer, Macías Nguema organised the execution of several members of his own family, leading several members of his inner circle to fear that he was no longer acting rationally. On 3 August 1979 he was overthrown by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, whose brother was among those murdered by the President.[17][92] Obiang achieved his coup mostly with the help of his cousins with whom he had previously attended a Spanish military academy together and who now headed the military. As Macías Nguema was still at his palace, isolated from the rest of the country due to his fear of being overthrown, the coup met no organized opposition.[92]

The deposed ruler and a contingent of loyal forces initially tried to resist the coup upon hearing of it, but his forces eventually abandoned him.[64] He fled into the jungle of Rio Muni, possibly intending to get across the border into exile,[92] but was captured on 18 August.[64] The former president was found by an old woman; he was exhausted and probably delirious, sitting beneath a tree and eating sugarcane. Obiang's troops proceeded to arrest him, and found his nearby car stuffed full of suitcases[92] with $4 million in cash.[93] However, it was believed that Macías Nguema had actually burned 100 million dollars (much of Equatorial Guinea's cash reserves) before attempting to escape the country as revenge.[92] When his wife heard of his overthrow, she returned to Equatorial Guinea to protect their eldest son. Monica, Maribel, and Paco remained behind for their own safety, and consequently lived in North Korea for the remainder of their childhood. Monica stated that Kim Il Sung honored his friendship to Macías Nguema by acting as their guardian and financing their education.[3]

Trial and execution[edit]

The Supreme Military Council opened Case 1979 on 18 August 1979, and began interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence against the Macías Nguema government. The Council subsequently convened a military tribunal on 24 September to try Macías Nguema and ten members of his government. The charges for the ten defendants included genocide, mass murder, embezzlement of public funds, violations of human rights, and treason.[64] Besides the deposed President, the accused were described by Kenyon as "bit-part actors" who had held no important positions under the old regime; their presence was supposed to make the trial look more legitimate. Macías Nguema appeared generally calm and unafraid during the trial.[94]

The state prosecutor requested that Macías Nguema receive a death sentence, five others receive 30-year sentences, three others receive a year in prison, and two be sentenced to time served. Macías Nguema's defense counsel countered that the other co-defendants were responsible for specific crimes, and asked for acquittal. Macías Nguema himself delivered a statement to the court outlining what he viewed as the extensive good deeds he had performed for the country. At noon on 29 September 1979, the Tribunal delivered its sentences, which were more severe than what the prosecution had requested. Macías Nguema and six of his co-defendants were sentenced to death and the confiscation of their property; Nguema being sentenced to death "101 times".[95] Two defendants were sentenced to fourteen years in prison each, and two others to four years each.[64]

With no higher court available to hear appeals, the decision of the Special Military Tribunal was final. However, one problem arose, as Macías Nguema reportedly swore that his ghost would return and take revenge on those who had condemned him. The Equatoguinean soldiers consequently refused to shoot him. A group of hired Moroccan troops was instead employed to carry out the sentence.[96] 55-year old Macías Nguema and the six other defendants sentenced to death were executed by the hired firing squad at Black Beach Prison at 6 pm on the same day.[64][97][98]

Macías Nguema's regime was estimated to have killed between 20,000 and 50,000 people,[37] equating to between 9 and 23 percent of the country's contemporary population, with some estimates ranging as high as 80,000 deaths.[99][100][101][102][103] By the end of his rule, over half of the population had been arrested at least once, or had a relative who had been killed.[104] Equatorial Guinea's per capita income also fell from around $1,420 in 1968[105][106] to around $70 in 1975,[37] and infant mortality rose to around 60%,[26] while life expectancy declined to around 30.[107]


Macías Nguema's wider clan, led by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, still leads Equatorial Guinea as of today.[108] By 2007, his children had all left North Korea. However, Macías Nguema's daughter Mónica had relocated from North Korea to South Korea, considering Korea her home and Korean her native tongue; she had published a Korean-language memoir about her own life. Macías Nguema's wife and daughter Maribel live in Spain, and his sons in Equatorial Guinea.[3] His son Filiberto Ntutumu Nguema was named Rector of the National University of Equatorial Guinea in 2015.


  1. ^ Ondó Edú was officially reported to have committed suicide on 5 March 1969, although it is reported that Edú was actually executed soon after his return on trumped-up charges of having been planning a coup.[7]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Víctor Suances y Díaz del Río
(as colonial governor)
President of Equatorial Guinea
Succeeded by