Eq. Guinea: Leader wins 96.7 percent of vote

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Posted: Nov 30, 2009 8:47 AM

Officials say Equatorial Guinea's leader of 30 years has won power for another term with an estimated 96.7 percent of votes cast in one of Africa's leading oil producers.

Opposition leaders say Sunday's ballot was rigged and they will not accept the results.

The Convergence for Social Democracy said one of its electoral officials was forced with a pistol held to his head to sign off on a vote count.

Government opponents said that district and provincial electoral officials voted for entire populations in villages and farm centers.

The electoral commission, headed by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema's interior minister, said preliminary results give Obiang 96.7 percent of votes. Final results are expected Dec. 7.