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Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:06 - Updated Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:05

Pinto da Costa sworn in as São Tomé president

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São Tomé – Manuel do Espírito Santo Pinto da Costa was sworn in as president of the Democratic Republic of São Tome and Príncipe Saturday here, Angop witnessed.

The president was sworn in during a special session of the country’s National Assembly, having on the occasion sworn to respect the law, make it respected and promote social development.

He also reiterated the wish to do his best to ensure a cooperation between the president, the Government and the National Assembly, with a view to political and social stability.

The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, was represented at the ceremony by the vice president of the Republic, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

The function was witnessed by the presidents of Cape Verde, Pedro Pires, Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, and Equatorial Guinea, Theodore Nguema.

On the other hand, the Angolan ruling MPLA party attended the event with a delegation headed by its secretary for external relations, Afonso Van-dúnem "Mbinda".

Manuel Pinto da Costa, born on August 5, 1937, in Água Grande, won the second round of the presidential election of August 7 with 52,88 percent of the votes, against 47,12 of Evaristo de Carvalho.

Manuel Pinto da Costa is an economist and was president of Sao Tome between 1975 and 1991.