List of heads of state of São Tomé and Príncipe

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President of the
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
Coat of arms of São Tomé and Príncipe.jpg
Manuel Pinto da Costa.jpg
Incumbent
Manuel Pinto da Costa

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

This is a list of heads of state of São Tomé and Príncipe, since the country's independence from Portugal in 1975.

Presidents of São Tomé and Príncipe (1975–Present)[edit]

(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.jpg 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 SaoTomePrincipe.FradiqueMenezes.01.jpg 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 SaoTomePrincipe.FradiqueMenezes.01.jpg Fradique de Menezes, President MDFM-PL 2nd Term; Restored
3 September 2011 to Present Manuel Pinto da Costa.jpg Manuel Pinto da Costa, President n-p 2nd Term

Affiliations[edit]


ADI Acçao Democrática Independente
(Independent Democratic Action) centrist
MDFM-PL Movimento Democrático das Forças de Mudança-Partido Liberal
(Force for Change Democratic Movement-Liberal Party)
MLSTP Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe
(Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe) socialist, only legal party 1975-1990
Mil Military
n-p non-partisan
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Latest election[edit]

e • d 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

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