In a country with almost no political opposition, elections provide nonetheless a chance to shuffle power and influence within the ruling Partido Democrático de Guinea Ecuatorial (PDGE) party. Regional party heads are holding no bars to win votes in their home turf with rewards of influential postings and favours in mind.
Constancia Mangue Nsue Obiang has urged Equatorial Guinea's foreign minister to take action to prevent the extradition of Candido Nsue Okomo, the former GEPetrol boss and the main defendant in Spain in the so-called Villarejo affair.
In an attempt to weaken his half-brother's position as a potential successor to their father President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, vice president Teodorin Obiang Nguema has had harsh words for the oil minister, whom he holds responsible for the sector's lack of results.
The Equatorial Guinean president has yet to respond to a request for accreditation from the EU's new ambassador to Malabo as European states close their embassies in the country one after the other. Only France and Spain have resisted the pressure and kept their representation there.
Vice President Teodorin Obiang Nguema is continuing to systematically sideline any family member who is resistant to him taking over the top job. The brother of first lady Candido Nsue Okomo has even been arrested in his exile in Dubai.