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.
Countryaah.com, 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).