Tomé Vera Cruz

Tomé Soares da Vera Cruz (born 23 July 1956) was Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe from April 2006 to February 2008. He is also Secretary-General of the Force for Change Democratic Movement-Liberal Party (MDFM-PL). In addition to becoming Prime Minister, he became Minister of Information and Regional Integration.[1]

Tomé Soares da Vera Cruz
14th Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
In office
21 April 2006 – 14 February 2008
PresidentFradique de Menezes
Preceded byMaria do Carmo Silveira
Succeeded byPatrice Trovoada
Personal details
Born (1956-07-23) 23 July 1956 (age 64)
Overseas Province of São Tomé and Príncipe, Portugal
Political partyMDFM-PL


He attended the National Lyceum in São Tomé and finished in 1975, when the nation became independent. In 1983, he attended at the Polytechincal University of Timişoara in Romania and was trained as an electrical engineer.[2]

Vera Cruz served as director general of the Water and Electrity Company (Empresa de Água e Electricidade), he later served as Minister of Natural Resources in an MLSTP-led government from 9 August 2003 to 5 March 2004.

His party, in a coalition with the Democratic Convergence Party (PCD), won the largest number of seats (23) in legislative elections held on 26 March 2006. Vera Cruz then became Prime Minister on 21 April 2006.

He visited Angola for three days beginning on October 24, 2007 to discuss bilateral cooperation and the strengthening of historic and cultural ties.[3]

Vera Cruz announced his resignation on February 7, 2008[4] and was succeeded by Patrice Trovoada on February 14.[5]

Between March 2008 and September 2010, he was deputy of the Paramentary Bench of his party, he was effective member of the 2nd Specialized Parliamentary Committee.[2]

He was a candidate for a president in the 2016 elections, he later declined that option.[2]


  1. ^ "Sao Tomé: un nouveau gouvernement, au moins jusqu'à la présidentielle" Archived 2007-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, AFP (, April 21, 2006 (in French).
  2. ^ a b c "Tomé Vera Cruz anuncia a sua candidatura as presidenciais 2016" [Tomé Vera Cruz Announced His Candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Elections]. Jornal Tropical (in Portuguese). 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Sao Tomé & Principe Premier on official visit to Angola"[permanent dead link], African Press Agency, October 25, 2007.
  4. ^ Valdimir Antonio, "Sao Tomé: Le Premier ministre démissionne", Panapress (, February 7, 2008 (in French).
  5. ^ "Investiture du nouveau gouvernement santoméen" Archived 2012-07-28 at, Panapress (, February 15, 2008 (in French).
Preceded by
Maria do Carmo Silveira
Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Patrice Trovoada