Maria do Carmo Silveira

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Maria do Carmo Silveira
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Maria do Carmo Silveira at the Community of Portuguese Language Countries meeting in 2017, Brasília
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
In office
8 June 2005 – 21 April 2006
President Fradique de Menezes
Preceded by Damião Vaz d'Almeida
Succeeded by Tomé Vera Cruz
Personal details
Born 14 February 1961 (age 57)
São Tomé and Príncipe
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater Donetsk National University

Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira (born 14 February 1961) is a former Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe who served from 8 Jun 2005 to 21 Apr 2006.[1]


She was educated as an economist at the University of Ukraine and was the third governor of São Tomé and Príncipe's Central Bank from 1999 to 2005, she succeeded Carlos Quaresma Batista de Sousa and was succeeded by Arlindo Afonso Carvalho[2] and again from 2011 as the sixth governor succeeding Luís Fernando Moreira de Sousa.

Prime minister[edit]

She served as Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Finance São Tomé and Príncipe from 8 June 2005 to 21 April 2006.

Silveira, the country's second female Prime Minister, is a member of the Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe-Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) and was a member of the party executive board.[2]

Silveira declared that macroeconomic stability was her priority and made her mark by among others resolving the wage dispute with the unions in the public sector, securing assistance from the IMF and obtaining an agreement with Angola on cooperation in the oil sector.[3]


Her term as Prime Minister ended after the 2006 parliamentary elections, when the opposition defeated the MLSTP-PSD,[2] and she was succeeded as Prime Minister by Tomé Vera Cruz in 2006.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "At-a-glance: Women Prime Ministers". SBS News. 23 Aug 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Jane S. Jensen (2008). Women Political Leaders. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 58–59. ISBN 9780230616851. 
  3. ^ Skard, Torild (2014) "Maria do Carmo Silveira" in Women of power female presidents and prime ministers worldwide, Bristol: Policy Press, ISBN 978-1-44731-578-0, pp. 300-01
Government offices
Preceded by
Carlos Quaresma Batista de Sousa
Governor of the Central Bank of São Tomé and Príncipe
Succeeded by
Arlindo Afonso Carvalho
Preceded by
Arlindo Afonso Carvalho
Governor of the Central Bank of São Tomé and Príncipe
Political offices
Preceded by
Damião Vaz d'Almeida
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
Succeeded by
Tomé Vera Cruz