Government Funeral of honor to bid farewell to Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó, Minister of Labor and Social Security until his death, was buried today in his hometown after the funeral of honor held in Malabo, which was attended by the presidential couple and nearly all members of the Government.

12/12/2012

After his sudden and unexpected death on Thursday, December 6, Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó was buried yesterday in his hometown of Baney. Prior to the burial, the funeral of honor took place in Malabo, and was attended by -and in addition to the Minister's family- both the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his wife, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, as well as the entire Government, starting with the country's two Vice Presidents, Ignacio Milam Tang and Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue.

The first of the ceremonies, after the wake of the previous night, took place at the headquarters of the House of People's Representatives, in the center of Malabo, where there several speeches were made about the life of Abia Biteo Boricó, such as that of one of his sons, who recalled his father's professional career as that of someone who "always served the nation".

President Obiang also spoke in memory of the late Minister, and began by recalling that Biteo had served the people of Equatorial Guinea with the highest responsibility. "The death of His Excellency Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó is a national sorrow and a great loss to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, since he served his country at the highest level as Prime Minister at important moments such as the political transition to a multiparty system," recalled the Head of State, adding that for him, the Minister had been like a son.

After this tribute in the Parliament, the funeral procession moved to the Cathedral of Malabo, where a funeral mass was held to bid the late Minister a religious farewell. Following the mass, the body was taken to his home town in the district of Baney, where he was buried surrounded by his peers and loved ones.

Text and photos: Ines Ortega.
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

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