Equatorial Guinea PM Francisco Asue, reappointed

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Francisco Asue was reappointed as prime minister of Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, the government said, after he and the government resigned last week after criticism from long-standing President Teodoro Obiang.

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Francisco AsueFrancisco Asue was reappointed as prime minister of Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, the government said, after he and the government resigned last week after criticism from long-standing President Teodoro Obiang.

The Central African oil producer is suffering a double economic shock linked to the coronavirus pandemic and a drop in the price of crude, which provides around three-quarters of state revenues.

This is Asue’s third consecutive stint as premier since his first appointment in 2016.

The country’s economy has struggled to recover from a recession caused by a 2014 slump in oil prices and is expected to contract by a further 5.5% in 2020, according to International Monetary Fund figures.

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