The Sao Tome parliament rejected today the motion of censure presented in parliament by a group of 14 deputies from the Independent Democratic Action (ADI) against the Government of Prime Minister Jorge Bom Jesus.
In the vote, the parliamentary majority supporting the Government, 23 deputies from the Liberation Movement of São Tomé and Príncipe – Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD) and five from the PCD-UDD-MDFM coalition, voted against.
From the ADI bench, 24 deputies voted in favor of the fall of the Government, and Levy Nazaré, also from ADI, joined the two parliamentarians of the Movement of Independent Citizens (MCI) and voted for abstention.
The Sao Tome prime minister considered that the decision “demonstrates the vitality of democracy in São Tomé and Príncipe” and that the “prerogative” of the 14 members of the ADI parliamentary group was “extemporaneous and inopportune”.
Jorge Bom Jesus regretted that the initiative took place “against the current of all expectations, in an egocentric political stance, precisely at the time of the debate and approval of the amending State General Budget for 2020, within the scope of the contingency and economic recovery plan, in the face of the serious conjuncture of acute health, social, economic, financial crisis, caused by the covid-19 pandemic ”.
According to Jorge Bom Jesus, many citizens argue that this censure motion reveals that “Sao Tome politicians do not understand each other and do not know what they want for the country” and “for others it is still the image of the country that is pinched” , considering that “this image is a valuable resource for attracting foreign investment”.
For the leader of the parliamentary bench of the ADI, “everyone won” with the debate on the censure motion.
“The motion of censure, not passing, the ADI leaves satisfied because it fulfilled what the Constitution and the regulations say, promoted a debate, raised and deepened several questions to the Government and that is a gain for democracy”, said Abnildo de Oliveira.
The official acknowledged that the Government “left fortified” from this debate, but even so “leaves here with a yellow card, with an increased responsibility to pay attention to corruption, to improve the credibility of the institutions and the State itself before our partners”.
Abnildo de Oliveira said that the intention was to drop the Government “due to the way it has conducted the country's destinies, frustrating all expectations created with the promises made during the election campaign”.
The leader of the ADI bench regretted “the light and irresponsible way” the Government has managed the country's strategic affairs, citing, in this context, the reform of justice, the conduct of foreign policy, the country's infrastructure, transparent and independent free conduct state media ”.
“When introducing the motion of censure, we wanted to make it very clear that ADI did not and does not intend to assume governance, we also have nothing against the MLSTP-PSD party,” explained Abnildo de Oliveira.
He concluded that he is available to “make feasible and give parliamentary sustainability to a new Government of the MLSTP-PSD to comply with the legislature in the name of stability and the consolidation of democracy in the country, promoting the necessary reforms in this regard”.
MYB // VM