Political Structure

President Mr. Fradique Bandeira Melo de Menezes came to power in 2001 and was re-elected in 2006. Currently, his party, along with a smaller party, holds the majority in the Parliament. His term ends in 2011 and the Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 2010. The main political parties are - Christian Democratic Front (FDC), Democratic Opposition Coalition (CODO), Independent Democratic Action (ADI), Movement for liberation of Sao Tomé and Principe Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD), Party for Democratic Convergence (PCD) and other small parties.