The name of Cristina Fontes Lima began to be indicated as a possible PAICV candidate in this year’s presidential elections (A Semana).
Jorge Carlos Fonseca, one of the pre-2011 presidential candidates in Cape Verde, said that he remains confident in the victory, despite the defeat of the Movimento para a Democracia (Movement for Democracy) (MpD) in the legislative election of 6th February (Inforpress).
The Cape Verdean government has decided to create a consulate in the Angolan city of Benguela, with jurisdiction over the provinces of Kwanza Sul, Huambo, Bié, Moxico, Huila, Namibe, Kunene and Kuando Kubamgo. The consulate is already open to the public, although the consul has yet to be named (A Semana).
A Portuguese businessman and two Cape Verdean citizens were sentenced to between eight and eleven years in prison for involvement in the trafficking of 82 kilograms of cocaine to Portugal. The drugs came from Ecuador and arrived in Portugal hidden in a shipment of bananas (A Semana).
The island of Boa Vista now has a new ice production facility with a three-ton daily capacity. The private investment, budgeted at 8 million escudos, is aimed at resolving one of the problems that have affected the local fishing community in terms of the conservation of catches (A Semana).
Asphalting work on the 13 kilometers of road that connect Saltos and Chã das Caldeiras was concluded. The placing of horizontal and vertical traffic signs will begin next week (A Semana).
The drive to create the municipality of Santa Maria was taken back up in a meeting of the association founded for the purpose. According to association president Manuel António de Sousa Lobo (better known as Patone), now that the February 6 legislative elections have come and gone, the resumption of work on the dossier, which was submitted to the Cape Verdean parliament in October of last year, must be dealt with urgently (A Semana).
Representatives from 15 Portuguese and Cape Verdean civil construction companies interested in participating in the tender for bids launched by the government in December of 2010 for the construction of the Canto da Cagarra dam in Santo Antão’s Garça valley visited the site (A Semana).
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Cape Verdeans living in France made up the first group of émigrés to disembark on the island of São Vicente for this year’s Carnaval celebrations. The group arrived more than a week before Mardi Gras, and were greeted at the airport by Carnaval music and dancing (A Semana).