Africa Monitor Intelligence
Sao Tome and Principe: PR Ponders Running For Another Term
EVARISTO CARVALHO (EC), PR of S. Tomé and Príncipe, has been showing, always in private, that he is considering the possibility of a presidential re-election. His initial inclination not to apply again will have changed after solving health problems that previously affected him.
The possibility of PT applying as a presidential candidate - the elections are to be held until JUL. - raised a series of initiatives against it by the Government coalition.
The law, which excludes independent candidates, was vetoed by EC in JAN., At a time when several applications are emerging in the MLSTP/ PSD universe, as happened in 2011 and 2016. On the MLSTP-PSD side, the candidacy is disputed by the former PM MARIA das NEVES, by ex-minister ELSA PINTO and by Cor. VÍTOR MONTEIRO. Also DELFIM NEVES, president of the National Assembly and leader of the PCD, has gathered support and unconfirmed information indicate that PM JORGE BOM JESUS committed to support him, in exchange for his support to the formation of Government (AM 1282). READ MORE