List of presidents of São Tomé and Príncipe

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President of the
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
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Evaristo Carvalho 2016.jpg
Evaristo Carvalho

since 3 September 2016
ResidencePresidential Palace, São Tomé
Term length5 years
Inaugural holderManuel Pinto da Costa
Formation12 July 1975

The following is a list of presidents of São Tomé and Príncipe, since the establishment of the office of president in 1975.

Presidents of São Tomé and Príncipe (1975–present)[edit]

No. President Took office Left office Time in office Party Election
Manuel Pinto da Costa
Costa, ManuelManuel Pinto da Costa
(born 1937)
12 July 19754 March 199115 years, 235 daysMLSTP/PSD
Leonel Mário d'Alva
d'Alva, LeonelLeonel Mário d'Alva
(born 1935)
4 March 19913 April 199130 daysMLSTP/PSD
Miguel Trovoada
Trovoada, MiguelMiguel Trovoada
(born 1937)
3 April 19913 September 200110 years, 153 daysADI1991
Manuel Quintas de Almeida
Almeida, ManuelLieutenant
Manuel Quintas de Almeida
Chairman of the National Salvation Junta
15 August 199523 August 19958 daysFASTP
Fradique de Menezes
Menezes, FradiqueFradique de Menezes
(born 1942)
3 September 20013 September 201110 years, 0 daysMDFM – PL2001
Fernando Pereira
Pereira, FernandoMajor
Fernando Pereira
(born 1963)
Chairman of the Military Junta of National Salvation
16 July 200323 July 20037 daysFASTP
Manuel Pinto da Costa
Costa, ManuelManuel Pinto da Costa
(born 1937)
3 September 20113 September 20165 years, 0 daysIndependent2011
Evaristo Carvalho
Carvalho, EvaristoEvaristo Carvalho
(born 1942)
3 September 2016Incumbent3 years, 23 daysADI2016


  1. ^ Briefly deposed in the 1995 coup d'état.
  2. ^ Briefly deposed in the 2003 coup d'état.

Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Evaristo Carvalho Independent Democratic Action 34,522 49.88 42,058 100
Manuel Pinto da Costa Independent 17,188 24.84
Maria das Neves MLSTP/PSD 16,828 24.31
Manuel do Rosário Independent 478 0.69
Hélder Barros Independent 194 0.28
Invalid/blank votes 2,314 9,115
Total 71,524 100 51,173 100
Registered voters/turnout 111,222 64.31 46.00
Sources: Téla Nón, CEN

See also[edit]

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