H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, have overseen the Grand Military and Popular Parade which took place on the morning of 12th October, to mark the 50th Anniversary of Equatorial Guinea Independence.
The intense rain that at times accompanied the parade could not detract from the spectacle, in which thousands of military and civil personnel paraded along the Promenade in Malabo, before the watchful eyes of national and international authorities and the population in general who filled the stands constructed for that purpose.
For such a memorable event various Heads of State had travelled to Malabo, such as the President of Yibuti, H. E. Ismail Omar Guelleh; the King of Eswatini, H. M. Mswate III; the President of Cape Verde, H. E. Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca; the Head of State from Burundi, H. E. Pierre Nkurunziza; the President of Zimbabwe, H. E. Emerson Dambuszo Manangagwa; the President from Guinea Bissau, H. E. Jose Mario Vaz Gomes and the President from SAPound o Tome and Principe, H. E. Evaristo Calvalho.
Also present were delegations, such as the one from the People’s Republic of China, led by the Vice-President of the Permanent Committee of the Chinese People’s Assembly, Zhang Chunxian; one from the Republic of Cuba, led by the Vice-President, Roberto Morales Ojeda; one from the Kingdom of Spain, led by the Secretary of State from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Martin Valenzuela Marzo; one from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, led by Ri Ryong Nam, or one from the Kingdom of Dubai, represented by Prince Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktour.
Before such dignified guests, a military parade on land, sea and air began what was a historic day for the people of Equatorial Guinea, who celebrated the 50th Anniversary of gaining Independence.
Soldiers from the three armies; police, armoured cars; patrol boats and ships from the navy; helicopters and combat aircraft from the Equatorial Guinea armed forces were accompanied by the military from Gabon, France, Spain, Chad, Congo, and SAPound o Tome and Principe. In addition, during the day, four light aircraft performed risky acrobatics, and were received with huge applause from the public in the stands.
Then there was a popular parade led by officials from the public sector working in the ministerial departments in Malabo, who carried banners congratulating the President of the Republic and the people of Equatorial Guinea.
After them came the educational centres, beginning with the University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) ; the Sports federations, the peripheral administration that paraded in blocks by province; the political parties; the Non-Governmental Organisations; the foreign colonies (Gabon, Benin, Ivory Coast, Chad, etc.); autonomous bodies and companies with a State holding, and finally the private business sector.
In this way a brilliant parade came to an end. It had taken place in a festive atmosphere and provided a finale to a series of events that had been taking place in the country since the beginning of the month to celebrate the emblematic date of the 50th Anniversary of National Independence.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office