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Vol 52 No 17

Published 26th August 2011

Pinto da Costa back in office

Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada will have to find a way to deal with a President freed from party loyalties

A veteran of the liberation struggle, Manuel Pinto da Costa, defeated Evaristo do Espírito Santo Carvalho, Speaker of Parliament and candidate of the governing Acção Democrática Independente (ADI), by 53% to 47% in the second round of the presidential election on 7 August. Pinto da Costa will succeed Fradique de Menezes, who served the maximum two terms of office after winning the 2001 election. The new President is also an old President – from 1975 to 1991, when the islands were a socialist one-party state under the Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe (MLSTP).

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