Defense and Security

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is Second Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and Head of Defense and State Security. The second vice president is second in succession to the presidency.

As head of defense and state security, he exercises oversight and policy guidance over the nation’s defense and military forces, police institutions, and immigration, while ministers of defense and national security manage the functions of their ministries. The Ministry of Defense encompasses the country’s ground, air and naval forces. The Ministry of National Security encompasses police forces and control of immigration and borders.

Vice President Nguema has called for increased pay and improved living conditions for the military to go hand in hand with greater professionalism and improved capabilities. He has also called for a reduction in the number of immigrant workers in order to provide more employment opportunities for citizens of Equatorial Guinea. In his first months in office, Vice President Nguema traveled the country, visiting every city and town to hear the concerns of elders and community leaders.

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