Politics of Cape Verde

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Politics of Cape Verde

Post  kosovohp on Wed Nov 24, 2010 2:45 am

Cape Verde is a stable representative democracy. The constitution —adopted in 1980 and revised in 1992, 1995 and 1999— defines the basic principles of its government. The president is the head of state and is elected by popular vote for a 5-year term. The prime minister is the head of government and proposes other ministers and secretaries of state. The prime minister is nominated by the National Assembly and appointed by the president. Members of the National Assembly are elected by popular vote for 5-year terms. Three parties now hold seats in the National Assembly—PAICV 40, MPD 30, and Cape Verdean Independent Democratic Union (UCID) 2.[8]

The judicial system consists of a Supreme Court of Justice — whose members are appointed by the president, the National Assembly, and the Board of the Judiciary — and regional courts. Separate courts hear civil, constitutional, and criminal cases. Appeal is to the Supreme Court.[8]

Cape Verde follows a policy of nonalignment and seeks cooperative relations with all friendly states.[8] Angola, Brazil, the People's Republic of China, Cuba, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Senegal, Russia and the United States maintain embassies in Praia.[8] Cape Verde is actively interested in foreign affairs, especially in Africa.[8] It has bilateral relations with some Lusophone nations and holds membership in a number of international organisations.[8] It also participates in most international conferences on economic and political issues.[8] Cape Verde has a Special Partnership status [19] with the EU and might apply for membership.[20]

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