President boycotts own run-off vote
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 8, 2016
In an unusual move, the president of the west African state of Sao Tome and Principe has boycotted his own run-off election, handing victory to his rival. Manuel Pinto da Costa withdrew from Sunday’s poll, alleging fraud in the first round held on the seventeenth of July, 2016.
His rival Evaristo Carvalho, a former prime minister, is now certain to win the race.
He had won the first round with forty-nine-point-eight percent of the vote while Mr Pinto da Costa had taken twenty-four-point-eight percent. Mr Pinto da Costa ruled Sao Tome with an iron fist for the first fifteen years after independence from Portugal in 1975. He lost the presidency after introducing reforms in 1990, including multi-party democracy, but in 2011, he was re-elected to office.