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Date:18 Jul 2011
Sao Tome 2011 presidential elections set for run-off

AFP — Sao Tome and Principe is set for a run-off presidential election after former dictator Manuel Pinto da Costa failed to win an overall majority in the weekend's first round, state radio reported Monday.

"Taking into account the data that we have, the second round is now a certainty," the radio said as its correspondents gave bureau by bureau results after Sunday's vote, with counting of the first round ballots continuing.

It said former strongman Pinto da Costa led the 120 candidates, but did not have an absolute majority.

The radio said one of three candidates was most likely to challenge Pinto da Costa in the second round to be held next Sunday: former prime ministers Maria das Neves and Evaristo de Carvalho, and Delfim Neves.

There were delays in counting and collating the votes, and the first results would not be announced until later Monday, a member of the electoral commission told AFP at about 2:00 am (0200 GMT).

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