Sao Tome votes in election runoff boycotted by president

Supporters of the Independent Democratic Action (ADI) party candidate Evaristo Carvalho celebrate his victory on July 18, 2016 in the first round of the presidential elections in Sao TomeSão Tomé (AFP) – Voters in the tiny west African archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president, but only one candidate is standing in a runoff the incumbent boycotted as fraudulent. Some 111,000 voters had originally been due to choose between Evaristo Carvalho, who won 49.8 percent in the first round, and President Manuel Pinto da Costa, who took 24.83 percent, according to official results published by the Constitutional Tribunal. Former prime minister Carvalho, the ruling party candidate, initially appeared to have scraped past the required 50 percent needed for an outright win.

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