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African island president loses poll, accepts defeat


People in the small African islands nation of Sao Tome and Principe voted Sunday for a new president, with the incumbent facing four challengers.

According to Habari Network, the citizens of the twin archipelagos located 300 kilometers (190 miles) off the coast of Gabon were eligible to take part in the election.

Independent Democratic Action candidate (ADI) candidate, Evaristo Carvalho emerged winner defeating incumbent Manuel Pinto da Costa.

Carvalho garnered 34,629 votes (50.1%) of the vote, while outgoing president Pinto da Costa got 17,121 votes (24.8%) of the vote, according to results released by the National Electoral Commission.

Pinto da Costa served as the country’s first president after independence from Portugal in 1975.

He was elected in 2011 by a run-off with 52 percent of the vote.

This election result marks the end of his political career.

The presidential election was monitored by African Union observers led by former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza.

Carvalho’s priorities will be to continue to strengthen the country’s economy.

A trained economist, Pinto da Costa served as the country’s first president after independence from Portugal in 1975, at the height of the Cold War.

He threw in his lot with the Soviet bloc, building a centralised Marxist-Leninist single party regime, whose intolerance of opposition sent many dissidents into exile.

The policies devastated the economy of what had been, at the start of the 20th century, the world’s leading cocoa producer. Eighty percent of its budget now comes from foreign aid.


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