“We, as representatives of the United Nations, are committed to supporting the action of the President of the Republic, to amplifying it, to working with all political actors so that democracy, stability, peace, social harmony can be perpetuate in this country that is dear to us”, said Abdou Abarry after meeting with Sao Tome’s President, Carlos Vila Nova.
It is the first time that Abdou Abarry visits São Tomé and Príncipe after taking office a month ago. The special representative of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, arrived in the Sao Tome capital on a special United Nations plane and was received at Nuno Xavier airport by the UN resident coordinator, without representatives of the Sao Tome government.
Soon after his arrival, the UN representative said that in addition to meeting with the Sao Tome president, he will meet in the coming days with the president of the National Assembly, Delfim Neves, the prime minister, Jorge Bom Jesus and “other responsible institutions, some political actors and any personalities or structures that are necessary to allow a good understanding of the post-election situation” in São Tomé and Príncipe.
After meeting with the Sao Tome head of state at the presidential palace, Abdou Abarry said that he conveyed to Carlos Vila Nova “a message of support for the authorities and people of Sao Tome and Principe” and encouraged “to continue on the good path that today is a fine example at the regional level in terms of good governance, democracy, peace and stability”.
On the other hand, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, for Central Africa, said that he found “a President who is fully committed to exercising his role as a guarantor of national unity and stability in his country” and that “shares a message of hope and tranquility”.
“The people of Sao Tome and Principe must remain united. The unity and stability of their country worries them”, underlined Abdou Abarry before leaving Sao Tome’s presidency.
After a week of the holding of the legislative, municipal and regional elections, there is a climate of political tension in São Tomé pending the official disclosure of the results by the Constitutional Court.
The provisional voting data in the legislatures were presented on Monday night at the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission (CEN), in the capital of São Tomé, more than 29 hours after the polls closed, and, for the first time, without distribution of mandates, by parties, which led to protests by militants from the Independent Democratic Action (ADI), who burned tires near the CEN facilities, surrounded by military personnel.
According to CEN data, the opposition ADI, led by former prime minister Patrice Trovoada, was the most voted party, with a total of 36,549 votes, and claims an absolute majority of 30 mandates, while the São Paulo Liberation Movement Tomé e Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP/PSD), of Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus, was the second most voted party, with 25,531 votes, claiming to have elected between 22 and 24 deputies.
After the conclusion of the district count and the diaspora presided over by magistrates, the Basta Movement (third most voted) joined the MDFM/UL and the UDD presented a coalition request to the Constitutional Court requesting “that the votes of some in favor of another candidate with the most votes from the aforementioned coalition”, in this case, the Basta movement would have 2,332 more votes from the MDFM/UL and the UDD, rising from 6,874 votes to 9,206 votes.
In the early afternoon, when he arrived in São Tomé, the United Nations special representative for Central Africa said that he will seek to ensure that “a good tradition of democracy and dialogue” prevails in the final part of the legislative, municipal and regional elections.
“I came to gather information, because, as you know, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is following the evolution of the political situation in this country very carefully and issued a communiqué in which he congratulated the Sao Tome people on their political maturity” , said Abdou Abarry.
The General Tabulation Assembly for the September 25 legislative elections will meet on Monday at the Constitutional Court.
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