Elsa Teixeira Pinto

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Elsa Maria Teixeira de Barros Pinto is a São Tomé and Príncipe politician, and the country's former Defence and Justice Minister and since December 2018 Foreign Minister.

In 2003 and 2004 (at least), she was a member of the Council of Ministers, as Secretary of State for Administrative Reform and Public Administration, and was a member of the Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) political party.[1][2] In 2004, she was also Minister for Justice.[2]

According to Pravda, she was Minister of Defence, as well as Minister for Justice, from 2008 to 2010.[3] According to Whitaker's Almanack, she was still Minister of Defence as of July 2011.[4]

In February 2013, she was the Attorney-General of São Tomé and Príncipe, when she was exonerated by a presidential decree of having issued a cheque for US$15,000 with insufficient funds to honour it to pay for car hire charges during the 2011 presidential elections.[5]

In November 2015, she stood against Aurélio Martins (the incumbent, and competing for the second time, having been the party leader since 2011)[6] for the leadership of the Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) political party after the economist Agostinho Meira Rita merged his candidacy with hers.[7]


  1. ^ Europa Publications (2003). Africa South of the Sahara 2004. Psychology Press. p. 920. ISBN 978-1-85743-183-4. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b B. Turner (7 February 2017). The Statesman's Yearbook 2005: The Politics, Cultures and Economies of the World. Springer. p. 1393. ISBN 978-0-230-27133-3. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Repúdio em São Tomé e Príncipe". pravda.ru. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  4. ^ Whitaker's (3 January 2012). Whitaker's Almanack 2012. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 989. ISBN 978-1-4081-3012-4. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Presidente santomense demite Procuradora-Geral da República". www.panapress.com. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  6. ^ "BBCParaAfrica.com - Notícias - Aurélio Martins eleito presidente do MLSTP-PSD". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  7. ^ "MLSTP/PSD : Duas candidaturas numa só". rfi.fr. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.