Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva welcomed the inauguration of the new prime minister of São Tomé and Príncipe, Jorge Bom Jesus. The new leader took office this Monday, after the victory of the Independent Democratic Action (ADI) party, in the legislative elections held on October 7.
"The Portuguese Government reaffirms on this occasion the great importance it attaches to the bilateral relationship between Portugal and Sao Tome and Principe, founded on shared values and deep historical ties and frank friendship," said Augusto Santos Silva, in a statement sent to the newsrooms.
Augusto Santos Silva also shows "commitment to work closely" with Jorge Bom Jesus and "with the future Government of São Tomé and Príncipe in deepening the relationship between the two countries, in all fields of extensive bilateral cooperation."
Sao Tome President Evaristo Carvalho has named Jorge Bom Jesus to head the government of Sao Tome and Principe last Thursday, justifying the decision with "the current correlation of forces" in the parliament and "the superior interests" of the country. In the October legislative elections, the Democratic Action Party (ADI) won with a simple majority, electing 25 of the 55 members of the National Assembly.