Cape Verde

Opposition candidate Fonseca wins presidential election


Movement for Democracy (MPD) candidate, Jorge Carlos Fonseca, is the surprise winner of the Cape Verdean second round runoff in the presidential election.

Fonseca took 54.45% of the vote (with 7% of ballot papers still to be counted) whilst his rival, Manuel Inocēncia Sousa of the ruling African Party of Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) took around 45% of the vote.

Fonseca will replace President Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires who was elected in 2001 and again in 2006 and comes from the ruling PAICV party.

The result of the election is likely to have wide ranging repercussions in Cape Verde. It is the first time in recent years that the president has come from another party to the governing party and it will be interesting to see how the dynamics of the new relationship work out.

It is also likely to lead to splits in the ruling PAICV after one of its senior figures, Aristides Lima, decided to stand as an Independent in the first round and split the PAICV vote leading to the second round runoff.

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