Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cape Verde parliamentary election today!

Wow, there are a lot of elections in the ECOWAS countries today!

Cape Verde is having a parliamentary election today.

Cape Verde has a semi-presidential system, with a president and a prime minister. Today's election will determine who controls the parliament and therefore the prime minister.

The African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) party has controlled the parliament since 2001, but the main opposition party, Movement for Democracy (MpD), reportedly has a chance of retaking control. Current President Jorge Carlos Fonseca, who won the presidency in 2011, is a MpD member, meaning the government has been "cohabitating" since 2001.

Cape Verde is one of the most democratic countries in Africa, and also a developmental success, having achieved a 100 percent basic education rate.

UPDATE: Big results! From Reuters: "Cape Verde' main opposition Movement for Democracy (MpD) party won parliamentary elections, results showed overnight, taking back power after 15 years. With almost all votes counted from Sunday's poll, MpD had 53.7 percent, versus 37 percent for the former ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV)."

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