As of December 3, the last day prior to the February legislative elections in which voter registration was possible, a total of 309,617 Cape Verdeans had registered to vote – 271,971 in Cape Verde itself, and 37,644 abroad (A Semana).
Presidential candidate David Hopffer Almada has launched his own website, in Portuguese alas.
PAICV and UCID have already decided who will be leading their list for São Vicente during the 2011 legislative elections: Filomena Martins and António Monteiro, respectively. The MpD is contemplating Jorge Santos to head theirs (AW).
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Cape Verde has been chosen to hold the chairmanship and secretariat of the Summit of Macaronesian Archipelagoes. The first summit, which was considered historic by various of its participants, was aimed mainly at creating a space for political coordination and cooperation for development among the archipelagoes of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, the Azores and Madeira (A Semana).
Some 50 metric tons of cocaine circulate every year through Africa, according to a report from the Sahelo-Saharan Geopolitical and Strategic Observatory (OSGS). In the report, Cape Verde is listed as one of the West African countries in which drug seizures have increased the most (A Semana).
From now on, all of the shipping containers arriving in Praia undergo X-ray scans in order to control all of the merchandise coming into the capital city. At the moment, the country is in a position “to prevent the entry of arms,” given that its ports and international airports all have scanners and weapon and explosives detectors (A Semana).
The women of Boa Vista have fewer employment opportunities than men, according to a study ordered by the Organization of Women of Cape Verde (OMCV) and the Cape Verdean Institute for Gender Equality and Equity (ICIEG). The study, carried out nearly one year ago, encompassed the areas of João Galego, Barraca and Sal-Rei (A Semana).
The systematic power outages that have plagued Boa Vista over the past several weeks are punishing the island’s economy, according to merchants and business owners in the restaurant and hotel/real-estate sectors, with large quantities of rotten food products thrown away and the flight of tourists to large-scale hotels (A Semana).
The re-opening of the Djad’Sal Hotel on the island of Sal was scheduled for Wednesday, December 15, but the hotel’s doors remain closed more than two months after activities ceased (A Semana).