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The President attends the investiture ceremony of the new Head of State of Sao Tome and Principe – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

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Prior to this investiture, Fradiques Bandeira Melo de Meneces, outgoing President of Sao Tome and Principe made a 24-hour visit to the city of Bata, where he met with the Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
The outgoing Head of State of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Fradiques Bandeira Melo de Meneces arrived in the city of Bata on the morning of last Thursday, for an official 24-hour trip to Equatorial Guinea.
At the Bata International Airport, the outgoing President of Sao Tome was received by the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea and current Chairman of the African Union, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, with military honors.

Fradiques Bandeira Melo de Meneces went to Equatorial Guinea to say goodbye to Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in his capacity as Chairman of the African Union, after completing his term as Head of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, a task he has carried out for the last 10 years.

During his stay, apart from visiting the historic city of Bata, Melo de Meneces also made a tour of the resort town of Mbini to appreciate the construction of the bridge that will connect by land the town of Bolondo with Mbini.

Just before returning to his country, the former president shared lunch with the Equatorial Guinean presidential couple in the official residential of Asonga.

Immediately after the reception, the official delegation from Equatorial Guinea, led by President Obiang, left for Sao Tome to participate in the investiture of Manuel Pinto da Costa as the new president of this country.

Pinto da Costa was born on August 5, 1937 in Agua Grande. He won the 2nd round of presidential elections on August 7, with 52.88 percent of the vote, against 47.12 for his rival, Evaristo de Carvalho.

The new president is an economist and was President of the Republic between 1975 and 1991.

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