MpD-leader Carlos Veiga paid a pre-campaign visit to the Capeverdean communities in the Netherlands and Luxembourg last weekend. A long delay of the plane that brought him to Europe made Veiga arrive four hours late at a Rotterdam venue where his most loyal backers were kept waiting. The built-up tension exploded when Veiga finally entered the hall on the tunes of the catchy song “Nos Lider”. The coming election campaign promises heated struggles among the most far flung communities of the diaspora. Capeverdeans abroad are entitled to vote for six seats in Cape Verde’s parliament (AW).
The United States government, by way of the US Embassy in Praia, told A Semana Online that it has no knowledge of any specific problem with the bank accounts held by Cape Verde’s diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C. and New York. According to the US Embassy’s third secretary, Michael J. Ralles, the US government’s position is exactly the same as that expressed in a communiqué issued by Cape Verde’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stated by State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jorge Borges (A Semana).
The Minister of National Defence, Cristina Fontes Lima advocated a broad maritime security vision, articulated with national security, which includes the issue of sustainability of marine resources, in addition to the classical conventions (Inforpress).
The president of the Public Order Police Socio-Professional Association has submitted his resignation. In a letter addressed to the association’s general assembly, Rufino Lima justifies the decision with “attacks from a number of colleagues” and his own personal “demotion” (A Semana).
Elected municipal officials in Mosteiros unanimously approved a deliberation allowing the municipal chamber to take out a 60 million-escudo bank loan aimed at financing the acquisition of vehicles and heavy machinery (A Semana).