Cape Verde Parliament wins back power after 15 years

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With almost all the votes counted after the polls, main opposition party Movement for Democracy (MpD) won parliamentary elections taking back power after 15 years.

MpD had 53.7 percent of the votes and the ruling party African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) got 37 percent.

The president of the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde, Janira Hopffer Almada, casts her vote in the legislative elections in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde. (Mario Cruz/EPA)

Both parties have dominated politics since independence from Portugal in 1975.

The Prime Minister-elect, Ulisses Correia Silva said the vote demonstrated Cape Verdeans’ desire to move towards a brighter economic future.

Presidential elections are expected later this year.

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