The government crisis in São Tomé e Príncipe has been resolved for the time being.
Last month, the Acção Democrática Independente (ADI) government, which was in a minority situation, was defeated in a motion of censure. The ADI wanted to hold new legislative elections. However, the main opposition party, the Movimento de Libertação de São Tomé e Príncipe/Partido Social Democrata (MLSTP/PSD) wanted to have the chance to form a government.
Now, Téla Nón reports that the president, Manuel Pinto da Costa, who is technically an independent but who is a historic leader of the MLSTP/PSD, has appointed Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa from the
MLSTP/PSD UDD as the new PM.
Gabriel Costa has formed a three-party coalition. In addition to the MLSTP/PSD, the government includes the two other parties represented in the legislature, the Partido de Convergência Democrática (PCD) and the Movimento Democrático das Forças da Mudança-Partido Liberal (MDFM-PL). In addition it is reported that the government includes a representative of the União dos Democratas para a Cidadania e Desenvolvimento (UDD) party, which split from the ADI but which does not have any seats in parliament.
The ADI refuses the recognise the government and still calls for elections. However, even without the ADI members present, parliamentary work has started again.