Cape Verde: Government

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Coat of Arms of Republic of Cape Verde

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Jorge Carlos Fonseca

Head of Government: Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Cape Verde

Constitution: Adopted: 1980; Basis of the constitution outlines Cape Verde's independence, government functionality, rights and duties of citizens, economic organization, and constitutional amendments.

Government Type: Republic

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

The president is the head of state and the prime minister is the head of government. The prime minister proposes other ministers.

The president is elected by the absolute majority vote through a two-round system. The prime minister is nominated by the national assembly.

5 years

Judicial

1 judge is appointed by the president of the republic, 1 is elected by the national assembly, and the remainder by the supreme council of magistrates. A 9-member independent body is presided over by the chief justice and includes the high judicial inspector, 2 presidential appointees, 3 people elected by the national assembly, and 2 by their court peers. The chief justices are appointed by the president of the republic from among peers of the supreme court and in consultation with the supreme council of the magistrates.

The judicial branch is appointed by the president, the national assembly, and the board of judiciary.

No term limit

Legislative

The national assembly nominates the prime minister and passes laws.

The national assembly has 72 members who are elected through a closed-list proportional system.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Cape Verde pursues a nonaligned foreign policy and seeks cooperative relations with all states. Angola, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Spain, and the United States maintain embassies in Praia. Several others, mostly European countries, maintain honorary consulates. In addition, Cape Verde maintains multilateral relations with other Lusophone nations and holds membership in many international organizations. On July 23, 2008, Cape Verde became the 153rd member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), in hopes of opening its markets for imported goods and services.

Regional Trade Blocs: ECOWAS

Treaties: No multilateral military treaties


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AOSIS AU CD CPLP
ECOWAS FAO G-77 IAEA IBRD ICAO
ICRM IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS ILO
IMF IMO Interpol IOC IOM IPU
ITSO ITU ITUC MIGA NAM OIF
OPCW UN UNCTAD UNESCO UNIDO Union Latina
UNWTO UPU WCO WHO WIPO WMO
WTO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Endangered Species Environmental Modification
Hazardous Wastes Law of the Sea Marine Dumping Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution Wetlands

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Tax Authority: Information not available

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Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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