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Equatorial Guinea government moves to new city in rainforest

The city will feature a new international university
The city will feature a new international university

The government of Equatorial Guinea has moved its headquarters from the coastal capital of Malabo to an unfinished city deep in the rainforest.

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema aims to use the country's oil wealth to make Djibloho a "city of the future".

Security, and safety from any attempt to overthrow the government was also a factor in the move.

It is understood that MPs will stay there initially for three months.

Chairing his first meeting in Djibloho, also known as Oyala, Prime Minister Francisco Pascual Obama Asue warned MPs not to treat the move as a holiday.

"Your relocation here does not mean that you are engaging in tourism," said Mr Obama Asue.

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Date Published : Wednesday, February 08, 2017