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Cape Verde president sworn in after landslide

By AFP

Added 21st October 2016 02:08 PM

Without a strong challenger for the top post, Fonseca swept to victory in the October 2 poll with almost three-quarters of the vote.

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Without a strong challenger for the top post, Fonseca swept to victory in the October 2 poll with almost three-quarters of the vote.

The newly re-elected president of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca was on Thursday sworn in following a landslide election victory which handed him a second five-year term.

Promising to continue to "fight to ensure equal opportunities for everyone", Fonseca took the oath at a ceremony in the capital Praia attended by Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario, Senegal President Macky Sall and Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Without a strong challenger for the top post, Fonseca swept to victory in the October 2 poll with almost three-quarters of the vote.

Fonseca's win was by no means a surprise after his liberal Movement for Democracy (MFD) enjoyed a string of landslide electoral victories earlier this year.

Fonseca had called on supporters to "say yes to freedom, justice and Cape Verde" and re-elect him for another term, urging voters not to give in to fatigue caused by the other electoral contests.

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