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Cape Verde’s ‘Barefoot Diva’ Dies

Posted December 17th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Cesária Évora, the Cape Verdean singer known as the “Barefoot Diva” because she performed without shoes, has died at the age of 70. The singer, who won international acclaim with her sultry voice and melancholy ballads of lost love, died Saturday in a hospital on her native island of Sao Vicente. Évora retired in September […]

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Cape Verde’s Former President Aristides Pereira Dies

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Cape Verde’s former president Aristides Pereira, a leader in the country’s fight for independence from Portugal, has died. He was 87. Government officials say Mr. Pereira passed away Thursday at the University of Coimbra Hospital in Portugal, where he had been hospitalized since early August. Early reports did not indicate a cause of death. The […]

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Fonseca Wins Cape Verde Presidential Runoff

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Voters in Cape Verde have elected opposition candidate Jorge Carlos Fonseca as their new president in a runoff election. With most of the votes counted late Sunday, Fonseca led with 54 percent of the vote over Manuel Inocencio Sousa of the ruling African Party of the Independence of Cape Verde . Sousa has conceded defeat […]

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Cape Verde Holds Presidential Run-Off

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in Cape Verde went to the polls Sunday to choose a new president in a run-off election. The vote is a contest between Manuel Inocencio Sousa of the ruling African Party of the Independence of Cape Verde and Jorge Carlos Fonseca of the opposition Movement for Democracy . Fonseca, a former foreign minister, won […]

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Cape Verde Heads to Presidential Run-Off

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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The African island nation of Cape Verde is headed toward a presidential run-off vote after no candidate won a majority in the first-round election. The country’s election commission says opposition leader Jorge Carlos Fonseca led the field in Sunday’s voting with 37.4 percent. The ruling party candidate, Manuel Inocencio Sousa, was second with 33.3 percent. […]

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Cape Verde Prepares for Presidential Vote

Posted August 6th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the west African archipelago of Cape Verde are preparing to choose a new president. Four candidates are vying Sunday to replace President Pedro Pires, who steps down after serving two terms. Manuel Inocencio Sousa is the official candidate of Mr. Pires’ ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). Sousa faces […]

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