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    Sao Tome and Principe Government - 2006

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
      conventional short form: Sao Tome and Principe
      local long form: Republica Democratica de Sao Tome e Principe
      local short form: Sao Tome e Principe

      Government type:

      Sao Tome

      Administrative divisions:
      2 provinces; Principe, Sao Tome
      note: Principe has had self-government since 29 April 1995

      12 July 1975 (from Portugal)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 12 July (1975)

      approved March 1990, effective 10 September 1990

      Legal system:
      based on Portuguese legal system and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Fradique DE MENEZES (since 3 September 2001)
      head of government: Prime Minister Tome Vera CRUZ (since 21 April 2006)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the proposal of the prime minister
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 29 July 2001 (next to be held July 2006); prime minister chosen by the National Assembly and approved by the president
      election results: Fradique DE MENEZES elected president in Sao Tome's third multiparty presidential election; percent of vote - NA%

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional (55 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 26 March 2006 (next to be held March 2010)
      election results: percent of vote by party - MDFM-PCD 37.2%, MLSTP 28.9%, ADI 20.0%, NR 4.7%, other 9.2%; seats by party - MDFM-PCD 23, MLSTP 19, ADI 12, NR 1

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the National Assembly)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Democratic Renovation Party [Armindo GRACA]; Force for Change Democratic Movement or MDFM; Independent Democratic Action or ADI [Carlos NEVES]; Movement for the Liberation of Sao Tome and Principe-Social Democratic Party or MLSTP-PSD [Manuel Pinto Da COSTA]; Party for Democratic Convergence or PCD [Aldo BANDEIRA]; Ue-Kedadji coalition; other small parties

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), IPU, ITU, NAM, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: First Secretary Domingos Augusto FERREIRA
      chancery: 400 Park Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10022
      telephone: [1] (212) 317-0580
      FAX: [1] (212) 935-7348
      consulate(s): Atlanta

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      the US does not have an embassy in Sao Tome and Principe; the Ambassador to Gabon is accredited to Sao Tome and Principe on a nonresident basis and makes periodic visits to the islands

      Flag description:
      three horizontal bands of green (top), yellow (double width), and green with two black five-pointed stars placed side by side in the center of the yellow band and a red isosceles triangle based on the hoist side; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia

      NOTE: The information regarding Sao Tome and Principe on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sao Tome and Principe Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sao Tome and Principe Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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