Cape Verde. The ruling party PAICV (Cape Verde's African
Independence Party), the Socialist Former Liberation
Movement, retained its absolute majority in the February
parliamentary elections. PAICV, which took power back in
2001, received 51% of the vote and 37 of Parliament's 72
seats. Liberal MPD (Movement for Democracy) got 33 seats and
the small opposition party UCID (Cape Verde Democratic and
Independent Union) retained its two seats.
Countryaah official site, PAICV's recent reign has been a ten-year success story.
During this time, Cape Verde has had an average economic
growth of 6% per year. Three international airports have
been built and tourists are pouring in ever-increasing
numbers, tens of miles of roads have been built on the nine
inhabited islands, new ports have been built that stimulate
trade. At the same time, Cape Verde has consolidated its
position as one of Africa's most stable democracies.
Nevertheless, MPD got revenge in the presidential
election, when its candidate Jorge Carlos Fonseca, former
Foreign Minister, defeated PAICV's Manuel InocÍncio Sousa by
just over 54% against just under 46 in the second round.
Another confirmation of Cape Verde's good reputation was
the message that former President Pedro Pires, who has just
resigned after a maximum of ten years, was awarded this
year's Ibrahim Prize for good governance in Africa. The
price motivation was that Pires helped make Cape Verde a
"model for democracy, stability and increased prosperity".
The Ibrahim Prize, instituted by a Sudanese
telecommunications billionaire, is awarded to a
democratically elected African leader who resigns
voluntarily when the mandate expires. The winner receives
half a million US dollars a year for ten years and then $
200,000 a year for life.