Sao Tome and Principe: President Costa to cooperate with opposition-led parliament

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) - President Manuel Pinto da Costa of Sao Tome and Principe has pledged to cooperate with the Independent Democratic Action (ADI), the opposition party which won the 12 October legislative elections in the country, PANA learnt from official sources.

The opposition ADI party, led by ex-prime minister Patrice Trovoada, won with an outright majority -- 33 of the 55 seats in parliament.

According to Da Costa, "We will establish an institutional cooperation based on mutual respect."  

During the inauguration of the MPs, President da Costa congratulated the ADI for winning the parliamentary elections and assured that he will do his best to ensure that the constitution is respected.

The Speaker of the National Assembly is the 58-year-old telecommunications engineer José Diogo da Graça, who was elected with 44 votes.

The positions of Deputy Speakers went to the Secretary General of the ADI, Levy Nazaré, and  Maria das Neves, the MP of the Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe-Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD).

The positions of Secretary General and Secretary of the Board went to MPs of the ADI.

24 november 2014 15:29:02

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