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Presidential trip sparks Equatorial Guinea coup speculation

A recent trip abroad by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo sparked speculation among companies working in Equatorial Guinea that a coup was imminent. Rumours circulated of troop movements, which observers linked to the longstanding rivalry between energy and mines minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima and vice-president Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, known as Teodorín. However, in a 17 June interview, Obiang Lima told African Energy that his father had needed time off after the death of his half-brother Antonio Mba Nguema, minister of presidential security, in South Africa on 6 May.

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