São Tomé and Príncipe. According to
Sao Tome and Principe has a population of 211,028 (2018). The parliamentary elections in
August led to São Tomé and Príncipe once again getting a
minority government. New Prime Minister became Patrice
Trovoada, who previously led the country for three months in
2008. His party of Independent Democratic Action (ADI)
received 26 of the 55 seats and had no suitable coalition
partner that could give a majority. Three of the ten
ministers were brought outside ADI. Formerly the MLSTP/PSD
government party got 21 seats in parliament.
Since the introduction of multi-party systems in the
country in 1991, there have been 14 governments, all but one
of which have been ruled in a minority.
The year began with President Fradique de Menezes
pardoning 63 prisoners, including the Christian Democratic
Party leader Arlecio Costa who was jailed in 2009 for
participation in an alleged coup attempt. Among the released
there were also about ten people convicted of embezzlement
of foreign aid.