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Ignacio Milam Tang


Incumbent
Assumed office 
8 July 2008
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Preceded by Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea

Born 20 June 1940
Political party PDGE

Ignacio Milam Tang (born 20 June 1940[1]) is an Equatoguinean politician who has been Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea since July 2008. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE).[2]

Tang is a member of the Fang ethnic group.[2] He was Minister of Justice and Worship from 1996 to 1998, then Minister of Youth and Sports from 1998 to 1999. In 1999,[1] he was elected as the Second Vice-President of the Chamber of People's Representatives,[3] and he remained in that post until being appointed as Deputy Prime Minister for the Civil Service and Administrative Coordination[1] in the government of Prime Minister Cándido Muatetema Rivas on February 26, 2001.[3] After two years as Deputy Prime Minister,[1] he was instead appointed as Minister of State and Secretary-General of the Presidency on February 11, 2003.[4] It was announced on January 10, 2006, that he had been appointed as Equatorial Guinea's Ambassador to Spain;[5] he served in that position until July 2008.[2]

Tang was appointed as Prime Minister by President Teodoro Obiang on July 8, 2008, replacing Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea.[2] Obiang appointed the new government headed by Tang on July 14. About half of the members of the previous government were retained in Tang's government,[6] despite Obiang's scathing criticism of the previous government.[7] Significantly, Tang was the first member of the Fang ethnic group to be appointed as Prime Minister since Obiang became President in 1979.[8] At the time of his appointment, Tang was considered a supporter of close relations with Spain and was not believed to be a powerful figure in the PDGE regime.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c d CV at bisilia.com (Spanish).
  2. ^ a b c d "Guinée Equatoriale: Ignacio Milam Tang, nouveau Premier ministre", AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), July 8, 2008 (French).
  3. ^ a b "New Prime Minister appointed in Equatorial Guinea", afrol News, February 26, 2001.
  4. ^ "Le gouvernement de Guinée Equatoriale formé le 11 février 2003", Afrique Express, N° 264, February 17, 2003 (French).
  5. ^ "Nouveaux ambassadeurs équato-guinéens à Madrid et à Paris", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), January 11, 2006 (French).
  6. ^ Bernardino Ndze Biyoa, "New energy minister in revamped Equatorial Guinea cabinet", Reuters, July 15, 2008.
  7. ^ "Equatorial Guinea govt resigns: report", AFP, July 5, 2008.
  8. ^ "Oil change", The Economist, July 25, 2008.
  9. ^ "Equatorial Guinea gets new Prime Minister", afrol News, 9 July 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea
Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea
2008 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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