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Pedro Pires announces retirement from politics in 2011
Monday, 20 July 2009 22:03   PDFPrint E-mail

Pedro PiresCape Verdean President Pedro Pires reaffirmed his desire this week to retire from politics in 2010, at the end of his second five-year term as the nation’s head of state. According to statements he made in Paris, he plans to write his memoirs following his retirement.

While in much of Africa and Latin America it is currently fashionable to alter the Constitution to remain in power, the French media focused on a president who plans to retire discreetly from the political scene. According to Pedro Pires, “this is a simple matter of faithfulness to the documents that guide a state of law.”

“I am going to fulfill this commitment. I don’t see any reason to remain in power,” said Cape Verde’s head of state, justifying his decision with his political longevity and the political and economic stability of his country.

Pedro Pires expressed satisfaction with the respect Cape Verde enjoys in the international community, as well as with the country’s stability and positive economic indicators, and expressed his desire to retire and write his memoirs. He recalled that his political commitment began with the war for national liberation carried out by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which was led at the time by Amílcar Cabral.

“I actively participated in the fight for national liberation, I witnessed the first steps of a young and independent Cape Verde. This means that I’ve been in the center of the system for nearly 50 years. Frankly, I believe that the time has come to leave,” affirmed the 75-year-old Cape Verdean president.

Refusing to give any lessons to other African presidents, Pedro Pires did, however, suggest an exhaustive analysis of the countries and moments in which they occur in Africa.

“In any case, it is my understanding that if there is a limit in the number of terms of office in the Constitution, it should be respected,” concluded Cape Verde’s president, who was elected for the first time in March of 2001 and re-elected in February of 2006.