Cape Verde

Presidential runoff today


Voters in Cape Verde go to the polls today in the second round runoff for the presidency. In the first round Jorge Carlos Fonseca (60) of the opposition Movement for Democracy (MFD) was the frontrunner with 37.4% of the vote.

Manuel Inocēncia Sousa (60) the official candidate of the ruling African Party for Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) came second with 33.3% of the vote.

The PAICV candidate might have expected to win comfortably following their success in the 6th February general election. However, following a split in the PAICV, rebel candidate, Aristides Lima, took 25.9% of the vote in the first round, forcing the second round vote. He has failed to endorse either candidate.

This leaves the election wide open, although the PAICV candidate has now received the support of his party in the South Region Santiago where he lost in the first round.

The votes of the 44,500 supporters of Aristides Lima will decide the result today.

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