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List of heads of state of São Tomé and Príncipe

President of the
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
Manuel Pinto da Costa

since 3 September 2011
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Manuel Pinto da Costa
Formation 12 July 1975
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
São Tomé and Príncipe


  • Presidents of São Tomé and Príncipe (1975–Present) 1
    • Affiliations 1.1
  • Latest election 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4

Presidents of São Tomé and Príncipe (1975–Present)

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe Independence from Portugal
(República Democrática de São Tomé e Príncipe)
12 July 1975 to 4 March 1991 Manuel Pinto da Costa, President MLSTP 1st Term
4 March 1991 to 3 April 1991 Leonel Mário d'Alva, Interim President MLSTP  
3 April 1991 to 15 August 1995 Miguel Trovoada, President n-p/ADI 1st Term; Deposed in a coup d'état
15 August 1995 to 21 August 1995 Manuel Quintas de Almeida, Chairman of the National Salvation Junta Mil  
21 August 1995 to 3 September 2001 Miguel Trovoada, President ADI 2nd Term; Restored
3 September 2001 to 16 July 2003 Fradique de Menezes, President MDFM-PL 1st Term; Deposed in a coup d'état
16 July 2003 to 23 July 2003 Fernando Pereira, Chairman of the Military Junta of National Salvation Mil  
23 July 2003 to 3 September 2011 Fradique de Menezes, President MDFM-PL 2nd Term; Restored
3 September 2011 to Present Manuel Pinto da Costa, President n-p 2nd Term


Latest election

 Summary of the 17 July and 7 August 2011 São Tomé and Príncipe presidential election results
Candidates – Nomating parties First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Manuel Pinto da Costaindependent 21,457 35.62 35,112 52.88
Evaristo CarvalhoIndependent Democratic Action 13,125 21.79 31,287 47.12
Delfim Neves – Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group and Force for Change Democratic Movement – Liberal Party 8,652 14.36  
Maria das Neves – independent 8,461 14.04
Elsa Pinto – independent 2,682 4.45
Aurélio MartinsMovement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party 2,445 4.06
Filinto Costa Alegre – independent 2,401 3.99
Hélder Barros – independent 414 0.69
Jorge Coelho – independent 401 0.67
Manuel de Deus Lima – independent 208 0.35
Valid votes 60,246 95.13 66,399 96.81
Invalid votes 2,822 4.87 2,191 3.19
Total votes 63,328 100.00 68,590 100.00
Voter turnout 68.4% 74.0%
Source: African Election Database

See also

External links

  • World Statesmen - São Tomé and Príncipe
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