Equatorial Guinea VP flaunts island holiday on Instagram

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BY BBCAFRICA

Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the president, has been holidaying on an idyllic island and sharing videos and pictures on Instagram.

His latest video, shot by a drone, captures him walking on a deserted sandy beach then segues to another sequence of him snorkelling and diving in pristine turquoise waters.

The video ends with an overhead shot revealing the full breadth of the tiny island and a yacht anchored close by.

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Investigate journalist Emmanuel Freudenthal tweeted that Mr Obiang has been holidyaing in the Maldives since the beginning October.

He is staying at a $50,000 (£38,000) per night hotel at a private island, Mr Freudenthal tweeted.

In 2017 The Economist magazine reported on Mr Obiang’s lifestyle in a report titled Instagram playboy is also the vice-president of Equatorial Guinea.

It featured pictures of the vice-president showing off his expensive cars and mansions.

His assets – including luxury vehicles, mansions and expensive watches – have been seized in three continents over the past decade, Bloomberg reports.

In 2017, a French court handed him a three-year suspended jail term for corruption.

Despite riches in oil and gas, 76% of Equatorial Guinea’s 1.5 million population live in poverty, according to the UN and World bank.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has ruled the country for 41 years