Carlos Vila Nova
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Carlos Vila Nova in 2015
5th President of São Tomé and Príncipe
Assumed office
14 September 2021
Prime MinisterJorge Bom Jesus
Preceded byEvaristo Carvalho
Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and the Environment
In office
25 November 2014 – 3 December 2018
PresidentEvaristo Carvalho
Preceded byFernando da Silva Maquengo de Freitas
Succeeded byOsvaldo Abreu
Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources
In office
15 August 2010 – 12 December 2012
PresidentFradique de Menezes
Manuel Pinto da Costa
Personal details
Born (1959-07-27) 27 July 1959 (age 62)
Neves, São Tomé and Príncipe
Political partyADI

Carlos Manuel Vila Nova (born 27 July 1959[1]) is a São Toméan politician. He served as Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources (2010–2012) and Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and the Environment (2014–2018) in successive governments of Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada.

He was the Independent Democratic Action candidate for the 2021 presidential election.[2] On 6 September, he was declared president-elect of São Tomé and Príncipe, receiving 58% of the vote and defeating Guilherme Posser da Costa of the MLSTP/PSD. On 14 September he was declared president by the Tribunal constitutional court.[3]


Vila Nova was born in Neves, a city in Lembá District on the northern coast of São Tomé Island. He received a degree in telecommunications engineering from the University of Oran, Algeria in 1985, then returned to become the head of the computer department of the government Statistics Directorate. In 1988, he left the civil service to become a sales manager at the Hotel Miramar, which was then the only hotel in the country. He was promoted to Director of the Hotel Miramar in 1992. In 1994, he received a master of business administration degree from Villanova University. In 1997, he became Director of the hotel Pousada Boa Vista, and also founded his own travel agency Mistral Voyages. Vila Nova continued in the tourism industry until he entered politics in 2010.[4]

Vila Nova served as Minister of Public Works and Natural Resources in the cabinet of Patrice Trovoada from 2010[5] until the government lost its majority in 2012.[6] He was appointed Minister of Infrastructure, Natural Resources and the Environment when Trovoada's Independent Democratic Action (ADI) regained the majority in 2014.[7] In 2018, Vila Nova was elected to the National Assembly.[4] He was nominated as the ADI's candidate for the 2021 presidential election.[2]

Vila Nova is married, and has two daughters.[4]


  1. ^ Instituto de Inovação e Conhecimento. "Ministro das Infraestruturas, Recursos Naturais e Ambiente" (in Portuguese). Government of São Tomé and Príncipe. Retrieved 15 September 2018..
  2. ^ a b Abel Veiga (9 April 2021). "Carlos Vila Nova é o candidato da ADI às eleições presidenciais" (in Portuguese). Téla Nón. Retrieved 15 April 2021..
  3. ^ "Tribunal Constitucional confirma Carlos Vila Nova como Presidente de São Tomé e Príncipe". África 21 Digital (in Portuguese). 14 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Veiga, Abel (26 August 2021). ""Eu Garanto" - Mas, quem é Carlos Vila Nova?". Téla Nón (in Portuguese). Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Novo Governo tomou posse em São Tomé". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 10 August 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Novo Governo de STP já foi empossado". Deutsche Welle (in Portuguese). 12 December 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Sao Tome prepares legislation to regulate distribution and marketing of fuels" (in Portuguese). Macauhub. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016..