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    Cape Verde Government 1998

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

      Data code CV

      Government type republic

      National 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
      note: there may be a new administrative structure of 16 districts (Boa Vista, Brava, Maio, Mosteiros, Paul, Praia, Porto Novo, Ribeira Grande, Sal, Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, Sao Domingos, Sao Nicolau, Sao Filipe, Sao Vicente, Tarrafa)

      Independence 5 July 1975 (from Portugal)

      National holiday Independence Day, 5 July (1975)

      Constitution new constitution came into force 25 September 1992

      Legal system derived from the legal system of Portugal

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Antonio MASCARENHAS Monteiro (since 22 March 1991)
      head of government: Prime Minister Carlos Alberto Wahnon de Carvalho VEIGA (since 13 January 1991)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister from among the members of the National Assembly
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 18 February 1996 (next to be held NA February 2001); prime minister nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the president
      election results: Antonio MASCARENHAS Monteiro elected president; percent of vote - Antonio MASCARENHAS Monteiro (independent) 80.1%

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional (72 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 17 December 1995 (next to be held NA 2000)
      election results: percent of vote by party - MPD 59%, PAICV 28%, PCD 6%; seats by party - MPD 50, PAICV 21, PCD 1

      Judicial branch Supreme Tribunal of Justice or Supremo Tribunal de Justia

      Political parties and leaders Movement for Democracy or MPD [Prime Minister Carlos VEIGA, founder and president]; African Party for Independence of Cape Verde or PAICV [Pedro Verona Rodrigues PIRES, chairman]; Party for Democratic Convergence or PCD; Social Democratic Party or PSD [Joao ALEM, president]

      International organization participation ACCT, 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, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WMO, WTrO (applicant)

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Deputy Chief of Mission is Charge d'Affaires Manuel MATOS
      chancery: 3415 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
      telephone: [1] (202) 965-6820
      FAX: [1] (202) 965-1207
      consulate(s) general: Boston

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Lawrence Neal BENEDICT (17 June 1996)
      embassy: Rua Abilio Macedo 81, Praia
      mailing address: C. P. 201, Praia
      telephone: [238] 61 56 16
      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 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cape Verde Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cape Verde Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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