Carlos Vila Nova

São Tomé and Príncipe: ex-minister Carlos Vila Nova declared president

Carlos Vila Nova, former Infrastructure Minister in São Tomé and Príncipe’s has won Sunday’s twice-postponed presidential run-off election.

The National Election Commission said he won the ballot box with 57.54% of the vote.

Mr Nova was backed by the opposition Independent Democratic Action party.

The vote took place calmly and transparently and no major incidents were reported.

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Current President Evaristo Carvalho, who has been in office since 2016, did not seek re-election, saying he wanted “to pass on the baton to the younger generation”.

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