Voters in the Atlantic island state of Sao Tome and Principe have re-elected President Fradique de Menezes for a second five-year term.

De Menezes won slightly more than 60 percent of the vote in Sunday's election. His opponent, former foreign minister Patrice Tovoada, won about 38 percent.

A third candidate, businessman Nilo Guimares, finished a distant third.

Sao Tome's 170,000 people have suffered through poverty and the collapse of several governments in recent years.

But the poor country off Africa's west coast has an off-shore oil-exploration zone with Nigeria, giving it hopes of future oil revenue.

U.S. energy giant Chevron announced the discovery of oil and gas in May but cautioned it was too soon to know if the find is commercially viable.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.