Former ruler advances in Sao Tome election

July 17, 2011, midnight

Manuel Pinto da COSTA, the former one-party ruler of Sao Tome and Principe, captured enough votes on Sunday to move on to the second round of the country's presidential election. COSTA, who is running as an independent candidate, will face Parliamentary speaker Evaristo de CARVALHO in the runoff. COSTA ruled Sao Tome and Principe from the country's 1975 independence from Portugal, to 1990. CARVALHO, a former prime minister, is the candidate of the Independent Democratic Action (ADI) party, which won last year's parliamentary election. The runoff will be held on August 7.

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