The President of Sao Tome and Principe, a group of islands off the west coast of Africa, signed a number of co-operation accords with Portugal during a four day visit to Lisbon that ended on Sunday (28 October).
GV President Manuel Pinto da Costa speaking at news conference
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SV President Manuel Pinto da Costa speaking in Portuguese
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Background: The President of Sao Tome and Principe, a group of islands off the west coast of Africa, signed a number of co-operation accords with Portugal during a four day visit to Lisbon that ended on Sunday (28 October).
SYNOPSIS: Manuel Pinto da Costa has been President of Sao Tome since independence from Portugal in 1975. It is the smallest independent state in Africa, with a population of some 80,000.
During his visit President da Costa signed several co-operation accords dealing with fishing and the media. Sao Tome consists of a number of small volcanic islands that lie 125 miles (200 kilometres) from mainland Africa. Its economy is almost wholly dependent on agriculture, with cocoa, copra and bananas the main produce. At a news conference on Friday (26 October) President de Costa was questioned about the arrest on October the 11th of his former Prime Minister, Miguel Trovoada, who has apparently been implicated in a plan to stage a coup. Mr. Trovoada had been Prime Minister until five months ago, when his post was abolished and its functions taken over by President da Costa ... who avoided giving details of the alleged crimes to newsmen, saying Mr. Trovoada would be given every opportunity to defend himself.