Madrid - Equatorial Guinea's only opposition legislator said in an interview published on Friday the situation in his country is worse than in Zimbabwe, but Western nations turn a blind eye because of its oil reserves.
"The situation is worse than in Zimbabwe," Placido Mico Abogo said of the west African country, ruled with an iron fist by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
"The opposition has no political presence. There are no unions or professional associations. There is no media that escapes the government's control," he told Spanish newspaper El Pais.
"In Zimbabwe, there are independent tribunals. In our case, the judges have been appointed by Obiang and many belong to his party, even though that is illegal," said the secretary general of the Convergence for Social Democracy Party (CPDS).
The CPDS is the country's only true opposition party, and Placido Mico Abogo is its only deputy in parliament.