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Yearbook 2018

São Tomé and Principe. In October's parliamentary elections, the ruling party backed the Independent Democratic Action (ADI) by 9 percentage points to 44% of the vote and lost eight seats. Thus, the party no longer had its own majority in the National Assembly, but was still the largest party with 25 out of a total of 55 seats. The second election, the Freedom Movement for São Tomé and the Príncipe / Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD), received almost as strong support, 42% of the vote, giving 23 seats in parliament. The Democratic Assembly (PCD) Party formed an alliance with the Union for Democracy and Development (UDD) and the Democratic Movement of the Renewable Forces (MDFM) prior to this year's election, but the election result was almost exactly the same as in the previous election, ie 10% of the vote and five mandates.

2018 Sao Tome and Principe Business

According to, another party took place in Parliament and the two largest parties started negotiations with the smaller parties to form a government. In November, Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada's government was dissolved by President Evaristo Carvalho and he was succeeded in December by MLSTP-PSD's Jorge Lope's Bom Jesus.

In March, São Tomé and Príncipe were among 44 African countries that signed an agreement to lead the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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