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    Cape Verde Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Cape Verde
      conventional short form: Cape Verde
      local short form: Cabo Verde
      local long form: Republica de Cabo Verde

      Government type: republic

      Capital: Praia

      Administrative divisions: 17 districts (concelhos, singular - concelho); Boa Vista, Brava, Calheta, Maio, Mosteiros, Paul, Praia, Porto Novo, Ribeira Grande, Sal, Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, Sao Domingos, Sao Nicolau, Sao Filipe, 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; underwent a major revision on 23 November 1995, substantially increasing the powers of the president, and a further revision in 1999, to create the position of national ombudsman (Provedor de Justica)

      Legal system: derived from the legal system of Portugal

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch: chief of state: President Pedro PIRES (since 22 March 2001)
      head of government: Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira NEVES (since 1 February 2001)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 11 and 25 February 2001 (next to be held NA February 2006); prime minister nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the president
      election results: Pedro PIRES elected president; percent of vote - Pedro PIRES (PAICV) 49.43%, Carlos VIEGA (MPD) 49.42%; note - the election was won by only twelve votes

      Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional (72 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 14 January 2001 (next to be held NA December 2005)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PAICV 47.3%, MPD 39.8%, ADM 6%, other 6.9%; seats by party - PAICV 40, MPD 30, ADM 2

      Judicial branch: Supreme Tribunal of Justice or Supremo Tribunal de Justia

      Political parties and leaders: African Party for Independence of Cape Verde or PAICV [Jose Maria Pereira NEVES, chairman]; Democratic Alliance for Change or ADM [Dr. Eurico MONTEIRO] (a coalition of PCD, PTS, and UCID); Democratic Christian Party or PDC [Manuel RODRIGUES, chairman]; Democratic Renovation Party or PRD [Jacinto SANTOS, president]; Movement for Democracy or MPD [Agostinho LOPES, president]; Party for Democratic Convergence or PCD [Dr. Eurico MONTEIRO, president]; Party of Work and Solidarity or PTS [Anibal MEDINA, president]; Social Democratic Party or PSD [Joao ALEM, president]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: ACCT, ACP, AfDB, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IOM (observer), ITU, NAM, OAU, OPCW (signatory), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Jose BRITO
      consulate(s) general: Boston
      FAX: [1] (202) 965-1207
      telephone: [1] (202) 965-6820
      chancery: 3415 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Donald C. JOHNSON
      embassy: Rua Abilio m. Macedo 81, Praia
      mailing address: C. P. 201, Praia
      telephone: [238] 61 56 16, 61 56 17
      FAX: [238] 61 13 55

      Flag description: three horizontal bands of light blue (top, double width), white (with a horizontal 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

      NOTE: The information regarding Cape Verde on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cape Verde Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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