Equatorial Guinea President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema has appointed his son Teodorin Nguema Obiang as Vice President in charge of defense and security.
The appointment was announced in the President’s decree on Wednesday, which stated; “In accordance with the Basic Law of Equatorial Guinea, I appoint His Excellency, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice President of the Republic.”
Before his new appointment, 47-year old Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is a possible successor to his father, previously held the position of Second Vice President since 2012.
President Obiang made other appointments which follow a dissolution of the country’s government on June 17 after the presidential election of April 24 as provided by the Constitution. The list of the remaining members of the new government will be known later this week.
President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema holds the title of being the world’s longest-serving president, having ruled for almost 37 years. He has been in power since 1979 and was re-elected in April with 93.7% of votes for his sixth term as leader of Equatorial Guinea.
Power has been in the family for Equatorial Guinea’s entire existence as an independent country. The current president overthrew his uncle in a violent coup in 1979, before sentencing him to death by firing squad.
Since then, he has consolidated his grip over the country’s industries and is accused of diverting tax money into his personal accounts.
In 2014, U.S. authorities forced his son Teodorín to relinquish his $30 million home in Malibu, Calif.; a Gulfstream jet; a Ferrari; and dozens of pieces of Michael Jackson memorabilia worth more than $1 million, all bought with money funneled through offshore bank accounts.
Court documents reviewed by the Justice Department showed that Teodorín received an official salary of less than $100,000 but amassed more than $300 million in assets through corruption and money laundering, though the case was later dismissed.