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The President of Equatorial Guinea celebrates his 70th birthday by participating in the popular race of Malabo

posted by – June 6th, 2012

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo made a clear demonstration of how to stay fit on the same day he celebrated his seventieth birthday, actively participating in the popular race that was organized to mark this anniversary. Moreover, in his speech, the President alluded to the recent changes in Government and the need to distribute wealth among the people, among others issues.


The commemoration of the seventieth birthday of H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in the city of Malabo this year had a truly sporting nature, as the Head of State participated in the popular race organized for this particular event.

Accompanied by other participants, the President -who has been running every morning for years- toured some of the sections of the circuit, crossing the finish line, which incidentally was a major uphill slope, ending in the capital’s New Football Stadium. There he was awaited by hundreds of supporters who cheered his arrival.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, symbolically honored the Head of State and reminded everyone that his love of sports was real, and an example for all the athletes in the country. Then, the President presented the awards to the winners in the race, with the participation of men and women of different ages.

This was another of the many events organized to celebrate the birthday of the Head of State, who minutes before the race had addressed the hundreds of people gathered inside the stadium to wish him a happy birthday. In his speech, he alluded to some of the key current issues such as the appointment of the new Government, from which he expects, he said, “responsible management to combat the selfishness of individuals”.

“We must spread the wealth. Selfishness begins with those who look only to their surroundings, because the reality is that there is still much discrimination in our society. But we must go forward,” he said. He also recalled that “the Government is dynamic” and alluded to the importance of young people in positions of responsibility: “nationalist youths, dynamic, transparent, to ensure the country’s future. That’s the school we’re instilling so that Equatorial Guinea will not suffer a delay in its evolution. We want our country to be a humanist and nationalist society,” concluded H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on the day of his seventieth birthday.

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