São Tomé and Príncipe. According to
Countryaah website, the March elections gave a
parliamentary deadlock. The Socialist Former Liberation
Movement MLSTP/PSD received 24 seats, President Fradique
de Meneze's alliance MDFM/PCD 23 and Ue-Kedadji, with
close ties to former President Miguel Trovoada, received 8
seats. After several weeks of negotiations, diplomat Gabriel
Costa was appointed prime minister. As agreed, he
incorporated all three party groups into the government.
However, the cooperation was sparkling from the start,
and in September the president dismissed the government
after a fierce dispute between Costa and the defense
minister. The new Prime Minister was appointed Minister of
Trade and Industry Maria das Neves de Sousa, who formed a
ministry with a similar composition to the previous one.