Sao Tome and Principe 2006
São Tomé and Príncipe. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in São Tomé and Príncipe include Independence Day (July 12) and New Year (January 1). 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 counter-candidates.
Local elections were held in August.