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Title:Sao Tome and Principe: Mini State with Maxi Problems
Authors:Wiseberg, Laurie S.
Nelson, Gary F.
Periodical:Africa Report
Geographic term:São Tomé and Principe
Subjects:national liberation movements
political conditions
Abstract:The West African islands of Sao Tome and Principe gained their joint independence on July 12, 1975, as a serendipitous consequence of the Portuguese revolution. After a short history of the islands under Portuguese rule, the article describes the cultural, later political and militant resistance against colonial repression, as well as the elections of 1975, won by the MLSTP. The article ends with two questions: What effect will the long years of exile in Gabon have on the MLSTP leadership. What limitations will the Democratic Republic's pitiful economic state place on both its domestic and foreign policies. Photographs.