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Carlos Vila Nova wins Sao Tome and Principe’s presidential election runoff

  • 2021-09-07 07:55:37
  • News

Carlos Vila Nova has won Sao Tome and Principe’s presidential election runoff, defeating the ruling party’s candidate Guilherme Posser da Costa.

Reuters reports that Nova garnered 57.3 percent of the votes cast while da Costa obtained 42.46 percent.

Turnout for the vote was around 65 percent.

The incumbent, who is a former infrastructure minister, also won the first round in July.

He will succeed 79-year-old Evaristo Carvalho, who did not run to seek a second five-year term.

Sao Tome and Principe’s president has largely ceremonial powers, authorized to arbitrate in political disputes but not govern. The Prime Minister wields most power.

An AfricaNews report notes that Nova worked as a civil servant until 1998 when he ventured into the tourism industry. He later joined politics and served as public works minister between 2010 and 2012. He then became the infrastructure and environment minister from 2014 to 2018.

He was elected to parliament in 2018.