According to Reuters, A recent statement which was shared on the government website reads; “The head of state regretted that the outgoing government did not fulfil its policy objectives; which undoubtedly led to this crisis situation.”
This is not the first time that the government has been dissolved by the president. Back in 2018, President Obiang dissolved his government; including the powers of the then Prime Minister and his three deputies, shortly after the 2017 elections took place. This time around, the head-of-state alleges that the recent government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Asue, failed to fulfil its policy objectives and gave rise to the country’s current economic woes.
Tutu Alicante, the head of the US-based organisation EG Justice; (which is monitoring human rights in Equatorial Guinea) reports that the new government should be announced soon.
As with many African countries who have implemented national lockdowns as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Equatorial Guinea has taken an economic tumble. One of the biggest oil producers on the continent, the sharp decline in the price of crude oil has only exacerbated an already precarious situation.