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Cape Verde


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Cape Verde

        conventional short form:
        Cape Verde

        local long form:
        Republica de Cabo Verde

        local short form:
        Cabo Verde

    • Digraph:
      CV

    • Type:
      republic

    • Capital:
      Praia

    • Administrative divisions:
      14 districts (concelhos, singular - concelho); Boa Vista, Brava, Fogo, Maio, Paul, Praia, Porto Novo, Ribeira Grande, Sal, Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, Sao Nicolau, Sao Vicente, Tarrafal

    • Independence:
      5 July 1975 (from Portugal)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 5 July (1975)

    • Constitution:
      new constitution came into force 25 September 1992

    • Legal system:
      NA

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        President Antonio MASCARENHAS Monteiro (since 22 March 1991; election last held 17 February 1991 (next to be held February 1996); results - Antonio Monteiro MASCARENHAS (independent) received 72.6% of vote

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Carlos Alberto Wahnon de Carvalho VEIGA (since 13 January 1991)

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; appointed by prime minister from members of the Assembly

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        People's National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional Popular):
        elections last held 13 January 1991 (next to be held January 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (79 total) MPD 56, PAICV 23; note - the 1991 multiparty Assembly election ended 15 years of single-party rule

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Tribunal of Justice (Supremo Tribunal de Justia)

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Movement for Democracy (MPD), Prime Minister Carlos VEIGA, founder and chairman; African Party for Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV), Pedro Verona Rodrigues PIRES, chairman

    • Member of:
      ACP, AfDB, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, IOM (observer), ITU, NAM, OAU, UN (Cape Verde assumed a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council on 1 January 1992), UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNOMOZ, UPU, WCL, WHO, WMO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Jose Eduardo BARBOSA (since 12 February 1994)

        chancery:
        3415 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 965-6820

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 965-1207

        consulate(s) general:
        Boston

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Joseph M. SEGARS

        embassy:
        Rua Abilio Macedo 81, Praia

        mailing address:
        C. P. 201, Praia

        telephone:
        [238] 61 56 16

        FAX:
        [238] 61 13 55

    • Flag:
      three horozontal bands of light blue (top, double width), white (with a horozontal red stripe in the middle third), and light blue; a circle of 10 yellow five-pointed stars is centered on the hoist end of the red stripe and extends into the upper and lower blue bands






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