Miguel Trovoada

Miguel of the Anjos of the Cunha Lisboa Trovoada (São Tomé, 27 of December of 1936) is a politician santomense.

Miguel Trovoada was born in São Tomé, studied secondary education in Angola and graduated in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, in Portugal. In 1960, together with his classmate Manuel Pinto da Costa, he founded the Committee for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe (CLSTP), later to be renamed the Liberation Movement of São Tomé and Príncipe (MLSTP) in 1972. He articulated the policies of the movement in Gabon, where he worked as director of foreign affairs for the organization. It played a decisive role in the recognition of MLSTP by the United African Organization in 1972.

He was prime minister of Sao Tome and Principe between 1975 and 1979 and later president, from 1991 to 2001.

In 1991 Trovoada was elected president in the country's first multiparty election and was re-elected in 1996. When he was running for president, he did not belong to any political party, but at the end of his first term he founded a new party, the Independent Democratic Action (ADI).

He was awarded the Grande-Colar of the Portuguese Order of Freedom on October 12, 1992.

In 2008 he became Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission

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