Progress Party of Equatorial Guinea

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Progress Party of Equatorial Guinea
Partido del Progreso de Guinea Ecuatorial
Leader Severo Moto Nsá
Founded 25 February 1990
Headquarters Malabo, Equatorial Guinea/Madrid, Spain (Government in Exile)
Ideology Progressive conservatism,
Christian democracy,
Social conservatism,
Liberal conservatism,
Fiscal conservatism
and Eco-capitalism
Political position Centre-right

The Progress Party of Equatorial Guinea (Spanish: Partido del Progreso de Guinea Ecuatorial) is a pro-market, pro-democracy political party in Equatorial Guinea. It was founded shortly after the legalization of political parties in the early 1990s after a long period of highly authoritarian military rule.

The party leadership has declared a "government in exile" in Spain, with party leader Severo Moto, as "President." PP members who remain in Equatorial Guinea are heavily harassed and prosecuted.

In 2008, seven PPGE members were arrested in Malobo on charges of weapons possession, including Moto's former secretary Gerardo Angüe Mangue. The alleged owner of the weapons, Saturnino Ncogo, had died in prison within days of his arrest under suspicious circumstances. Authorities alleged he had thrown himself from the top bunk of his cell to commit suicide, but relatives received his body in an advanced state of decomposition, and no investigation was ever conducted.[1] The remaining six PPGE activists—Mangue, Cruz Obiang Ebele, Emiliano Esono Michá, Juan Ecomo Ndong, Gumersindo Ramírez Faustino, and Bonifacio Nguema Ndong—were tried alongside Simon Mann, a UK national who had helped to organize a 2004 coup attempt, despite their charges being wholly unrelated. The party members were given sentences of one to five years' imprisonment apiece.[1] Their imprisonment has been protested by the US State Department[2] and Amnesty International, the latter of which named the six men prisoners of conscience.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Equatorial Guinea". Amnesty International. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Equatorial Guinea" (PDF). US State Department. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 

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