Cape Verde holds parliamentary election

The winning party will form a government and nominate a prime minister

  

PRAIA- Cape Verde held parliamentary elections on Sunday, with ruling party Movement For Democracy (MpD) pitted against its main challenger, the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV).

A cluster of 10 volcanic islands 570 km (350 miles) off Senegal, Cape Verde stands out as a pocket of relative stability in the region, having held democratic elections since it gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

With a quarter of the economy reliant on tourism and travel-related industries, coronavirus restrictions at home and abroad pushed Cape Verde into recession last year.

In the previous government MpD controlled 40 of the 72-seat legislature, compared to PAICV's 29. International observers said the last elections in 2016 were largely free and fair.

The winning party will form a government and nominate a prime minister, who holds most executive authority in the country and is formally appointed by the president.

Results are expected to be announced on Monday afternoon.

(Reporting by Julio Rodrigues; writing by Hereward Holland Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky) ((hereward.holland@thomsonreuters.com; +254 20 499 1232; Reuters Messaging: hereward.holland.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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