Cape Verde presidential election, 2006

Cape Verdean presidential election, 2006

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Nominee Pedro Pires Carlos Veiga
Popular vote 86,583 83,241
Percentage 50.98% 49.02%

President before election

Pedro Pires

Elected President

Pedro Pires

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Presidential elections were held in Cape Verde on 12 February 2006, the fourth presidential elections since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1990.

In a repeat of the 2001 election, Pedro Pires of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) was challenged by former Prime Minister Carlos Veiga of the Movement for Democracy (MpD). In the 2001 presidential run-off, Pires had defeated Veiga by a margin of only 12 votes. In 2006, Pires won another narrow victory, prevailing by about 3,000 votes and slightly surpassing the 50% majority necessary to avoid a run-off.


Candidate Party Votes %
Pedro Pires African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde 86,583 50.98
Carlos Veiga Movement for Democracy 83,241 49.02
Invalid/blank votes 1,995
Total 171,819 100
Registered voters/turnout 323,554 53.1
Source: African Elections Database

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