The tiny two-island state of Sao Tome and Principe - one of Africa's smallest countries - has re-elected its founding president. But what will this Marxist-economist who ruled as a one-party state bring to a country which has found potential wealth in off-shore oil. GIS expert, Professor Jaime Pinto examines the future in this briefing.

MANUEL Pinto da Costa, who ruled Sao Tome and Principe, the tiny Gulf of Guinea island state off West Africa’s coast, for 15 years, has returned to power after two decades.

Mr Pinto da Costa, 74, ruled the two islands as a one-party state after it gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
Ninety per cent of the country`s budget is still provided by external help from various donors including the UN development programme, the World Bank, the European Union, Portugal and the African Development Bank
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