Freedom Day in Equatorial Guinea in 2021

Freedom Day in Equatorial Guinea in 2021

  How long until Freedom Day?
This holiday next takes place in 312 days.
  Dates of Freedom Day in Equatorial Guinea
2022 Equatorial Guinea Wed, Aug 3 National Holiday
2021 Equatorial Guinea Thu, Aug 5 National Holiday
2020 Equatorial Guinea Mon, Aug 3 National Holiday
2019 Equatorial Guinea Mon, Aug 5 National Holiday (in lieu)
2018 Equatorial Guinea Fri, Aug 3 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the date in 1979 when Teodoro Obiang deposed Macías Nguema

When is Freedom Day?

Freedom Day is a public holiday in Equatorial Guinea, observed on August 3rd each year.

This holiday marks the date in 1979 when Teodoro Obiang deposed the dictator Macías Nguema.

History of Freedom Day

In October 1968 Equatorial Guinea gained its independence with Francisco Macías Nguema becoming the president of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Macias quickly moved to increase his presidential power and changed the constitution to name himself president for life (which would prove correct) and his rule was seen as a reign of terror as he arrested and executed those who dared to oppose his changes.

His nephew was Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. In 1979, Obiang ousted Macias in a coup d'état. After his removal from power, Macias was arrested, tried, and executed.

Obiang became president of Equatorial Guinea, a position he still holds. Currently, Obiang is the longest-serving leader in Africa and the longest-serving president in the world. 

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