Key Figures

Chief of State:
President Jorge Carlos Fonseca
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva


Government Name:
Republic of Cape Verde
Adopted: 1980; Basis of the constitution outlines Cabo Verde's independence, government functionality, rights and duties of citizens, economic organization, and constitutional amendments.
Government Type:
Republic of Cape Verde Flag
Coat of Arms of Republic of Cape Verde

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2018)

Country Risk Rating

Political and economic uncertainties and an occasionally difficult business environment can affect corporate payment behavior. Corporate default probability is appreciable. Source: Coface (2018)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1

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


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


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

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Information not available
Tax Name:
Information not available


  1. ElectionGuide
  2. EY,
  3. CIA World Factbook,
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets