Cape Verde president sworn in after landslide election victory

The newly re-elected president of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca.
The newly re-elected president of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

CAPE VERDE (AFP) - The newly re-elected president of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca was on Thursday (Oct 20) 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 Oct 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.