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Fradique Bandeira Melo de Menezes President of São Tomé and Príncipe Incumbent Assumed office 23 July 2003 Prime Minister Maria das Neves Damião Vaz d'Almeida Maria do Carmo Silveira Tomé Vera Cruz Patrice Trovoada Joaquim Rafael Branco Patrice Trovoada Preceded by Fernando Pereira In office 3 September 2001 – 16 July 2003 Prime Minister Guilherme Posser da Costa Evaristo Carvalho Gabriel Arcanjo da Costa Maria das Neves Preceded by Miguel Trovoada Succeeded by Fernando Pereira Personal details Born 21 March 1942 (1942-03-21) (age 69) São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe Political party Force for Change Democratic Movement-Liberal Party Fradique Bandeira Melo de Menezes (born March 21, 1942)[1] has been the President of São Tomé and Príncipe since 2001. São Toméan people call him Fradique.[citation needed] Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 References 4 External links Early life de Menezes was born on the then Portuguese colony of São Tomé in 1942, the son of a Portuguese man and a local woman. He attended high school in Portugal. He then studied at the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada in Lisbon, Portugal and Free University of Brussels [1] Career Menezes is a successful businessman. He was Foreign Minister of São Tome and Príncipe from 1986 until 1987. He was elected President in July 2001 with about 55.2% of the vote, defeating Manuel Pinto da Costa, who received about 40%.[2] Menezes took office on September 3, 2001.[3] His eligibility as a candidate was questioned, since he also held Portuguese citizenship, but he renounced this and his candidacy was approved.[4] On July 16, 2003, while he was away in Nigeria, there was a military coup d'etat led by Fernando Pereira, but Menezes was restored to power on July 23, 2003, following an agreement.[5] Menezes was re-elected on July 30, 2006, winning 60.58% of the vote and defeating Patrice Trovoada, son of former president Miguel Trovoada.[2][6] The discovery of a coup plot allegedly involving Christian Democratic Front leader Arlecio Costa was announced on February 12, 2009. Costa and more than 30 others were arrested. At a press conference on February 24, Menezes said that he was "touched" by the support of the security forces; he also said that he would be willing to leave office if he was "the reason that things are not working in this country".[7] References ^ a b ^ a b Elections in São Tomé and Príncipe, African Elections Database. ^ "New president sworn-in", IRIN, September 4, 2001. ^ "Fradique de Menezes new president on Sao Tomé", afrol News, August 6, 2001. ^ "Coup leaders hand power back to civilian president", IRIN, July 23, 2003. ^ "Incumbent wins vote", IRIN, August 2, 2006. ^ "Sao Tome leader 'still in charge'", AFP, February 25, 2009. External links President Menezes' address to the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 26, 2008 Political offices Preceded by Maria do Nascimento da Graça Amorim Minister of Foreign Affairs 1986–1987 Succeeded by Guilherme Posser da Costa Preceded by Miguel Trovoada President of São Tomé and Príncipe 2001–2003 Succeeded by Fernando Pereira Preceded by Fernando Pereira President of São Tomé and Príncipe 2003–present Incumbent v · d · ePresidents of São Tomé and Príncipe Manuel Pinto da Costa • Miguel Trovoada • Fradique de Menezes Persondata Name Menezes, Fradique De Alternative names Short description Date of birth March 21, 1942 Place of birth São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe Date of death Place of death