Updated: Elections in Sao Tome & Principe Announced


U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama With World Leaders at the Metropolitan Museum in New York

Barack and Michelle Obama, and President of Sao Tome e Principe, Fradique de Menezes, at the Metropolitan Museum. Photo by U.S. Department of State

Fradique de Menezes, the President of Sao Tome e Principe,  has announced by decree that next Santomean municipal elections will take place on the 25th of July, followed by Parliamentary elections on the 1st of August. The announcement was released on radio and television late Wednesday night.

Here’s a list of coverage (in Portuguese) by various news sources reporting on the upcoming legislative elections. No English-language news source apart from SaoTomeBlog is yet to announce the news.

Update: You may now also access the news in English on Afrol.

Legislative elections were originally planned for February, then April, but were subsequently indefinitely postponed, until the announcement yesterday, March 17th.

For political background, here’s a Wikipedia article on Santomean politics. Santomean parties include ADI and MLSTP/PSD. The current Prime Minister is Joaquim Rafael Branco.