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Equatorial Guinea court upholds dissolution of opposition party

[JURIST] The top court in Equatorial Guinea on Monday upheld [decision] a 30-year sentence for 21 activists of the Citizens for Innovation party on charges of "sedition, public disorder, attacks on authority and serious bodily harm." The ruling also upheld the dissolution of the Citizens for Innovation party, the main opposing party in Equatorial Guinea.

The court upheld the ban and sentencing for the Citizens for Innovation party members because their actions were believed to cause serious public disorder and damages to the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

The people sentenced include the Citizens for Innovation party leader Gabriel Nse Oblang Obono. Their sentencing took place December of 2017 when they attempted to overthrow the ruling party after elections and after winning the only parliamentary seat not taken by the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (the country's main political party).

According to Human Rights Watch [HRW report], Equatorial Guinea has faced corruption and poverty since the current President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo took power in 1979. This act of dissolving an opposing party furthers the government corruption and furthers the opposing voices within the government.

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