São Tomé and Principe. In the July presidential election,
Manuel Pinto da Costa was challenged by four opposition
candidates, including former Prime Minister Evaristo
countryaah, Carvalho would
have received just over 50% of the vote, which would have
been enough to win already in the first round of elections.
However, the Election Commission changed the result to
49.8%, which meant that Carvalho would stand against Pinto
da Costa in a second round of elections. The incumbent
president received just under 25% of the vote, a few tenths
more than Maria das Neves, even her former prime minister.
Both of these questioned the election results.
Ahead of the second round of elections held in early
August, Pinto da Costa announced that he did not intend to
stand. His claim that the first round of elections should be
annulled was rejected by the Constitutional Tribunal.
Without a candidate, Carvalho was elected new president. The
turnout was low, only 46%. Unlike Pinto da Costa, Carvalho
belongs to the Independent Democratic Action Party (ADI). So
does Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada, and thus the
cooperation between the President and the Prime Minister is
expected to be greatly improved.