Prime Minister Pedro Pires conceded defeat of his African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde, which has ruled the Atlantic archipelago nation since independence from Portugal in 1975. The victor was the Movement for Democracy party. The elections marked the first step of former Portuguese Africa toward pluralist democracy. Reports among the islands said voting had been peaceful. More than half the population of 370,000 lives on the islands of Sao Tiago and Sao Vicente.
World IN BRIEF : CAPE VERDE : Ruling Party Loses in Peaceful Voting
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