The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, as arbiter and moderator of the democratic process in Equatorial Guinea, oversaw on 11th June the call for the VI Table for National Political Dialogue. We are including the full speech given by the Head of State.
The Table for Dialogue is a setting in which all the political players can take part in order to promote a process of reflection, in order to facilitate the effectiveness of the measures for the prevention, management and solution to political conflicts which may arise, both now and in the future.
The call was attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, Charged with Defence and National Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; leaders from constitutional bodies; members of the Government and political parties, and the political body and representatives from international institutions.
The leader of the nation began his reflections recalling the socio-political history of our country,and what the Government considers the aim of a State: to oversee physical protection, life, personal integrity, respect and the promotion of a person’s basic rights, promoting full material and moral development in an atmosphere of peace and order.
He also declared his concern for the incessant offensive media campaign, organised from abroad, accompanied by plans to destabilise the nation, since the 90s to today.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also expressed the desire of the Government to provide all means of support, including economic, to any political activist overseas who wishes to take part in the work of this VI Table.
The President also described this call as a strategy aimed at finding a lasting solution to the legalisation of political parties, in accordance with Basic Law and current judicial legislation, for the integration of political players in exile.
In the V Table of Dialogue, the Presidency of the Republic approved the legalisation of the Centre Right Union and Independent Candidacy parties, which later became Citizens for Innovation, and another three groupings, making a total of 18 parties within the national political spectrum.
With the VI Table, relevant matters such as human rights, democratisation, economic perspectives, and the continuous strengthening of national cohesion, as an element contributing towards proactive national progress, will occupy the time of those present.
Along those lines, some leaders and representatives of parties who will take part at the table have given their opinions, and have expressed the hope that their contributions and conclusions will benefit the people of Equatorial Guinea. In addition, they issued an invitation to the Head of State to take a direct, active part in the task.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea