#Equatorial Guinea wants to abolish the death penalty

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Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema announced Monday in Praia that he will submit “soon” to Parliament a bill to abolish the death penalty, as required by the Community of Portuguese Language Countries ( CPLP ) to remain a member of this organization.

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“The CPLP is asking my country to solve the problem of the death penalty, but I do not want it to depend solely on the personal will of the president,” the Equatorial Guinean president, who arrived in Cape Town on Monday, told reporters. Green for an official visit until Wednesday.

“Thus, my government will soon submit this question to Parliament, where my party has the majority. I am sure this proposal will be approved, “added Nguema in the presence of Cape Verdean President Jorge Carlos Fonseca, who currently chairs the CPLP .

My Government will soon submit this question to Parliament, where my party has the majority. I am sure this proposal will be approved

Equatorial Guinea joined the CPLP in 2014 with a “road map” including the abolition of the death penalty, still in force in this former Spanish colony, which has been ruled since 1979 with an iron fist by Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said Saturday on Cape Verdean public television that “if Equatorial Guinea wants to remain in the CPLP , it must be in a common framework that does not include the death penalty because the values ​​of the freedom, democracy and respect for human rights, supported by this community, are incompatible with the death penalty “.

“We can not act hastily. We must act as part of a political process that satisfies all parties, “said Monday the head of the Equatorial Guinean state.

The NGOs and the international community are worried regularly breach of human rights in this central African country, despite the denials of the authorities of Equatorial Guinea.

AFP

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