Equatorial Guinea held referendum on constitutional changes

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On November 13, 2011, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea held a referendum to institute several changes to the country's constitution, including a limit on presidential terms, removal of an age limit on holding the presidency and a provision allowing the president to choose his successor. Equatorial Guinea had been criticized for abuses of power, and both Human Rights Watch (HRW) and EG Justice sharply condemned the provision allowing presidential power to be passed without a democratic vote. Equatorial Guinea had also faced pressure over the execution of four men for attempting to assassinate President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who defended the country's laws despite the outcry.


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