<p>The ruling party candidate and former prime minister Evaristo Carvalho has won the first round of the presidential election in Sao Tome and Principe held on Sunday with 50.1% of the vote against the incumbent President Manuel Pinto da Costa.</p> <p>The National Electoral Commission announced the results early Monday morning with Carvalho, the candidate supported by the party of Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada, getting 34,629 votes (50.1%), President Manuel Pinto da Costa getting 17,121 votes (24.8%) and the third candidate Maria das Neves getting 16,638 votes (24.8%). <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="pt" dir="ltr">Resultados Gerais das Eleições Presidenciais 2016 – <span class="caps">CEN</span>-<span class="caps">STP</span> Comissao Eleitoral Nacional | <a href="https://twitter.com/scoopit"><code>scoopit</a> <a href="https://t.co/lXaej2p7Gp">https://t.co/lXaej2p7Gp</a></p>— São Tomé e Príncipe (</code>asscaue) <a href="https://twitter.com/asscaue/status/754929096266833920">July 18, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>In total, 111,222 voters, in the second-smallest African country after Seychelles, went to the polls, and the turnout was over 60%, according to the electoral commission. </p> <p>This victory means the Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada will govern with a president of his party, the Independent Democratic Action (<span class="caps">ADI</span>), which won the parliamentary elections in 2014. </p> <p>“We want to start a new phase of stability, work and progress for the people of Sao Tome,” the prime minister and son of former president Miguel Trovoada said after the announcement.</p> <p>The elections were held peacefully according to the 25 African Union observers led by the former President of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza. </p> <p>The vote marks probably the end of the political career of outgoing 78-year-old President Manuel Pinto da Costa who was hoping to secure another five-year-term.</p> <p>Manuel Pinto da Costa, the first president of the country for 15 years after independence in 1975. He was again elected in 2011 by a run-off with 52% of the votes against this year’s winner and parliamentary speaker at the time, Evaristo Carvalho.</p> <p>The government and the next president will face the challenge of development in the country which has 195,000 inhabitants of which two thirds are under the poverty line and 90% dependent on international aid.</p>
We want to start a new phase of stability, work and progress for the people of Sao Tome.