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Coup d’état in São Tomé e Príncipe Domestic Causes, the Role of Oil and Former ‘Buffalo’ Battalion Soldiers

"São Tomé e Príncipe (STP) has not yet extracted a single drop of oil and is not expected to do so until 2007. Even so, because of its potential oil wealth the recent military coup in the small island-republic has attracted a lot of international ...

São Tomé and Príncipe Update

"The recent political crisis and the resulting dismissal of Prime Minister Maria das Neves have again demonstrated that political instability caused by conflicts between the president and the government, factional struggles, and shifting party al...

São Tomé and Príncipe Update

"When President Menezes refused to accept Prime Minister Maria das Neves’resignation following the July 2003 coup, insisting on her re-appointment,many observers expected a period of political stability because the relationship between the two se...

Coup d’état in São Tomé e Príncipe: Domestic Causes, the Role of Oil and Former “Buffalo” Battalion Soldiers

"It is clear that the country’s future oil wealth cannot be considered the principal cause of the coup, although it probably influenced its timing. The rebels wanted to denounce the unequal distribution of the country’s resources before the oil re...

Memorandum on S. Tomé e Principe

"On 17 April 2003, the FDC organised a protest march in order to voice their opposition to the government. This action was also done to highlight the widespread poverty, corruption within government and misappropriation of oil funds. The FDC also ...

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