Cape Verde Maintains Its Reputation for Stability With Fonseca’s Re-Election

Cape Verde's president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, addresses the U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, June 20, 2014 (U.N. photo by Guilherme Costa).
Cape Verde's president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, addresses the U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, June 20, 2014 (U.N. photo by Guilherme Costa).

On Oct. 2, Cape Verde’s president, Jorge Carlos Fonseca easily won re-election with 74 percent of the vote, an unsurprising result given victories by his party, the Movement for Democracy, in legislative and municipal elections earlier this year. In an email interview, Lydia Beuman, a postdoctoral fellow at Dublin City University, discusses politics in Cape Verde. WPR: What were the main issues that dominated the recent presidential election in Cape Verde? Lydia Beuman: The constitution of Cape Verde defines the president as the head of state and the guardian of the constitution. The president has limited executive powers but can, […]

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