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Technology Cape Verde: the expectations of the population before the presidential election of October 17

06:40  14 october  2021
06:40  14 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The presidential election takes place Sunday, October 17 in Cape Verde. The voters of this small Lusophone country from West Africa, archipelago of some 560,000 inhabitants, will decide seven candidates. Among them, two favorites: Carlos Veiga, from the Movement for Democracy (MPD), Liberal Party to the Government, and José Maria Neves, supported by the African Party for the independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). The head of state has limited powers in the country. But after having a hard time suffering from the health crisis, the main expectations of voters are economically.

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at the covered market succupira, Wilson Barros, 39 years old, earrings with ears and tattoos on arms, sells shoes and clothes. But with the Pandemic of Covid-19, business do not work very hard: "People do not have a job right now, no purchasing power. And so, the clientele does not come. People give more priority to their belly.

Electricity rates in particular increased in October 37%! Ivanilo Ferreira is handler on the port of Praia: "Everything has increased: gasoline, gas, and even beer. I'm waiting for a more social policy and the next president is more concerned with the poorest.

sitting on a stool, Sulamita Gonçalves, 23, revises on a notebook. The day she works at the family shop. In the evening, she follows a secretarial training: "It's complicated to find a job, even with studies and training. We have no help or the government or any institution.

According to the African Development Bank, after a contraction of 8.9% in 2020, Cape Verdean growth should be 4.6% in 2021 and 2022.

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