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Date:16 Jun 2011
Sao Tome and Principe: More Candidates express interest ahead of the July 17th Polls

Sao Tome and Principe’s Supreme Court, has expressed admiration at the number of people who have so far tendered in their candidacy for the position of the President of the Republic and Head of State.

Tela Non, reports that since the advent of multiparty democracy in Sao Tome and Principe in 1991, never before have so many citizens expressed interest in the presidency. As at the 15th of June, official number of candidates that had been registered by the accredited body was ten (10).

The candidates include; the musician and Socialist Party leader Gilberto Gil Umbelina, former President Manuel Pinto da Costa, President of the Independent Democratic Action (ADI), Evaristo de Carvalho and President of the MLSTP / PSD Aurélio Martins.

The others include; the former Prime Minister Maria das Neves, the former minister of national defence Elsa Pinto, the economist and former Director of the Airports Company, Jorge Coelho, Filinto Costa Alegre, architect Liberato Moniz, vice president of PCD Delfim Neves and economist Rita Francisco.

President Fradique de Menezes is nearing the end of his second five-year term so he cannot contest again. Meanwhile nominations are set to end on the 17th of June and elections set for the 17th of July.

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