Presidential campaign suspended in Cape Verde

The tiny Atlantic island state of Cape Verde declared two days of mourning in memory of president Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro (pictured) who ruled the country between 1991 and 2001Campaigning for the October 2 presidential election in the tiny Atlantic island state of Cape Verde was suspended Friday due to the death of its first democratically elected president. The authorities declared two days of mourning in memory of president Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, 72, who ruled the country between 1991 and 2001 with the liberal Movement for Democracy (MPD). Following Cape Verde’s independence from Portugal in 1975, the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) ruled unopposed until the introduction of multi-party democracy in 1990.

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