Democratic Convergence Party-Reflection Group


Democratic Convergence Party-Reflection Group

) is a political party in São Tomé and Príncipe. It was founded on 4 November 1990 by MLSTP dissidents, independents, and young professionals. Leonel Mário d'Alva is the current party leader.

The party won the 1991 parliamentary election and was the ruling party from 1991 to 1994. Since 1994 its power has declined, and it has maintained coalitions with other parties, first the MLSTP and then the Forces for Change Coalition of current President Fradique de Menezes. The party is known as a conservative party. It was led for several years by Alda Bandeira.

At the legislative elections, March 3, 2002, the party won together with the Force for Change Democratic Movement-Liberal Party (MDFM-PL) 39.4% of the popular vote and 23 out of 55 seats. The same alliance won at the legislative election, held on 26 March 2006, 36.79% and 23 out of 55 seats. The party supported incumbent Fradique de Menezes in the 30 July 2006 presidential election. He was re-elected with 60.58% of the vote.


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