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Vol 60 No 10

Published 17th May 2019

Graft, or statescraft?

The detention of an ex-finance minister on corruption charges looks more like a ruse to keep his former boss in exile

While dethroned Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada was able to leave São Tomé for his luxury home in Lisbon after losing power, one of his most prominent ministers has not been so fortunate. Trovoada’s Finance Minister Américo Ramos was arrested on 3 April as he left the Presidential Palace. The following day he was charged with money laundering and corruption, and has remained in detention ever since. The manner of Ramos’s arrest was widely seen as a humiliation of President Evaristo Carvalho, who appointed Ramos as his economic and financial adviser in early March.

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