Tomé Vera Cruz

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Tomé Soares da Vera Cruz
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
In office
21 April 2006 – 14 February 2008
President Fradique de Menezes
Preceded by Maria do Carmo Silveira
Succeeded by Patrice Trovoada
Personal details
Born 1955
Overseas Province of São Tomé and Príncipe, Portugal
Political party MDFM-PL

Tomé Soares da Vera Cruz (born 1955?) was Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe from April 2006 to February 2008. He is also Secretary-General of the Force for Change Democratic Movement-Liberal Party (MDFM-PL). In addition to becoming Prime Minister, he became Minister of Information and Regional Integration.[1]

A Romanian-trained electrical engineer, Vera Cruz served as Minister of Natural Resources in an MLSTP-led government from 9 August 2003 to 5 March 2004.

His party, in a coalition with the Democratic Convergence Party (PCD), won the largest number of seats (23) in legislative elections held on 26 March 2006. Vera Cruz then became Prime Minister on 21 April 2006.

He visited Angola for three days beginning on October 24, 2007 to discuss bilateral cooperation and the strengthening of historic and cultural ties.[2]

Vera Cruz announced his resignation on February 7, 2008[3] and was succeeded by Patrice Trovoada on February 14.[4]


  1. ^ "Sao Tomé: un nouveau gouvernement, au moins jusqu'à la présidentielle", AFP (, April 21, 2006 (French).
  2. ^ "Sao Tomé & Principe Premier on official visit to Angola", African Press Agency, October 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Valdimir Antonio, "Sao Tomé: Le Premier ministre démissionne", Panapress (, February 7, 2008 (French).
  4. ^ "Investiture du nouveau gouvernement santoméen", Panapress (, February 15, 2008 (French).
Preceded by
Maria do Carmo Silveira
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Patrice Trovoada