President da Costa appoints Gabriel Costa as new Prime Minister
President Manuel Pinto da Costa has appointed a new prime minister after the government lost a vote of confidence last week and Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada was dismissed.
The new Prime Minister will be Doctor Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa.
Gabriel Costa was nominated by three opposition parties, Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP/PSD), Democratic Convergence Party – Reflection Group (PCD) and Force for Change Democratic Movement – Liberal Party (MDFM/PL) who, between them, have 29 of the 55 seats in the National Assembly. Patrice Trovoada came from the majority party, the Independent Democratic Action (ADI).
Gabriel Costa (57) a law graduate was the country’s Ambassador to Portugal from 2000 to 2002 before becoming prime minister in 2002. However, he only lasted five months following unrest within the military. He is described as a consensus builder, politically independent, moderate and tolerant.
The new Prime Minister is now tasked with forming a new government.