Patrice Trovoada

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Patrice Trovoada
Patrice Trovoada in 2012 - cropped version.jpg
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
In office
14 August 2010 – 12 December 2012
President Fradique de Menezes
Manuel Pinto da Costa
Preceded by Joaquim Rafael Branco
Succeeded by Gabriel Costa
In office
14 February 2008 – 22 June 2008
President Fradique de Menezes
Preceded by Tomé Vera Cruz
Succeeded by Joaquim Rafael Branco
Personal details
Born (1962-03-18) 18 March 1962 (age 52)
Libreville, Gabon
Political party Independent Democratic Action

Patrice Emery Trovoada (born 18 March 1962) is a São Toméan politician who was Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe from February 2008 to June 2008 and again from August 2010 to December 2012.

Life and career[edit]

Trovoada was born in Libreville, Gabon.[1] He is the son of Miguel Trovoada, who was President of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1991 to 2001,[2] and was named after Patrice Emery Lumumba,[1] the first Prime Minister of Congo (Léopoldville).

He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from September 2001 to 4 February 2002.[3] He was also oil adviser to President Fradique de Menezes until Menezes fired him in May 2005, alleging that Trovoada had used his position to advance his business interests.[4]

Trovoada is Secretary-General of Independent Democratic Action (ADI), a political party.[2] He ran for President in the July 2006 presidential election, but was defeated by Menezes, the incumbent president. Trovoada was the only major opposition candidate and he received 38.82% of the vote.[5]

On February 14, 2008, Trovoada became Prime Minister; he was appointed by Menezes following the resignation of Tomé Vera Cruz.[6]

On March 4, 2008, he made a brief official visit to Gabon.[7]

Trovoada's government was defeated in a censure motion in the National Assembly on May 20, 2008 after three months in office.[8][9] The motion, introduced by the opposition Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP/PSD), received 30 votes in favor, 23 opposed, and two abstaining.[9] In June, Menezes asked the MLSTP/PSD to form a government, and it chose its leader, Joaquim Rafael Branco, as Prime Minister.[10]

Trovoada returned as Prime Minister on August 14, 2010, after the 2010 parliamentary election. He left office on December 13, 2012 after his government lost its parliamentary majority.


  1. ^ a b Albertino Francisco and Nujoma Agostinho, Exorcising Devils from the Throne: São Tomé and Príncipe in the Chaos of Democratization (Algora Publishing, 2011) p81
  2. ^ a b "De Menezes looks set for second term", AFP, August 1, 2006.
  3. ^, September 2001 and February 2002.
  4. ^ "Oil minister resigns as controversy dogs award of second offshore block", IRIN, May 18, 2005.
  5. ^ Elections in São Tomé and Príncipe, African Elections Database.
  6. ^ "Investiture du nouveau gouvernement santoméen", Panapress, February 15, 2008 (French).
  7. ^ "Le Premier ministre santoméen arrive à Libreville", Xinhua, March 5, 2008 (French).
  8. ^ "Sao Tome MPs pass no confidence motion against government", Radio France Internationale (, May 20, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Parlamento são-tomense aprova moção de censura contra Governo", Panapress, May 20, 2008 (Portuguese).
  10. ^ "Líder da oposição em São Tomé Príncipe designado primeiro-ministro", Panapress, June 12, 2008 (Portuguese).
Political offices
Preceded by
Joaquim Rafael Branco
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Mateus Meira Rita
Preceded by
Tomé Vera Cruz
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
Succeeded by
Joaquim Rafael Branco
Preceded by
Joaquim Rafael Branco
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
Succeeded by
Gabriel Costa