Cape Verde votes in election that could see first female prime minister

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Cape Verde votes in election that could see first female prime minister

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Military personnels carriy ballot boxes and voting equipment to a polling station in Praia, on April 17, 2021, on the eve of the parliamentary elections.   -   Copyright © africanews SEYLLOU / AFP

Cape Vedians headed to the polls to cast their ballots in the parliamentary elections.

On voters' minds will be the Covid pandemic which has devastated the tourism-dependent economy.

Six parties are running for election in a vote where the prime minister has executive power

Among them Incumbent Prime Minister Correia e Silva, who is bidding for a second term with his centre-right Movement for Democracy (MpD) party.

"We will not develop or finance programs to manage poverty. On the other hand, we will do everything we can for people to escape poverty thanks to jobs, production and income so that they can be independent and autonomous," Correia e Silva said

Making history?

Meanwhile, Janira Hopffer Almada is hoping to make history as the first female head of government with her socialist PAICV party.

Click here to read the full article published by Africanews on 18 April 2021.

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