São Tomé and Príncipe. According to
CountryAAH, Foreign Minister Ovidio Pequeno
was dismissed in March after accusations of having
transferred Moroccan aid worth approximately SEK 3.5
million. to own bank accounts in Europe. Prosecutions of
corruption have dropped several governments in recent years.
General elections in March led to a new majority in
parliament. The MDFM party, which stands close to President
Fradique de Menezes, received 23 of the 55 seats, against 20
mandates for the former government party and the MLSTP
Liberation Movement. MDFM failed to form a coalition with
the third largest party ADI, but count on the support of its
11 members in the polls. As new Prime Minister, the
President appointed MDFM Secretary-General Tomé Vera Cruz.
In July, President de Menezes was re-elected with 60% of
the vote for a new five-year term. He had two
Local elections were held in August.