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Highlights of A Semana printed edition nº 1177 06 Mar�o 2015

This Friday’s printed edition of A Semana opens with the news that the new Political Office Holders’ Statute – a bill aimed not only at increasing but also creating new privileges for elected officials – may not be passed in the March session of the National Assembly. Most of the members of the governing PAICV’s National Political Commission, which debated the dossier, “advised the PAICV’s parliamentary group not to move forward with the initiative,” considering that the country’s current social and economic context requires a certain containment on the part of Cape Verdeans, beginning with politicians. Leaders of opposition party MpD have also expressed reluctance with the regards to the proposal, although they have declined to make any official comments so far so as not to upset the negotiations currently under way between the two parliamentary groups.

Highlights of A Semana printed edition nº 1177

Waters are rough inside the smallest party represented in parliament, the UCID, two of whose prominent figures have tendered their resignation to party chairman António Monteiro. Those leaving their posts in the party are UCID vice-chairman Júlio de Carvalho and Péricles Tavares, the party’s coordinator for the émigré communities in the Americas. An A Semana source reveals that “both are dissatisfied with the centralist way the leader manages the party.” Meanwhile, Monteiro guarantees that the party is in good health and working to have candidates on all islands in the next municipal elections.

In other news, A Semana reports on the turmoil within the Cape Verdean Postal Service, which has already seen two administrators depart. The accusations regarding alleged mismanagement brought down administrators Cipriano Carvalho (who leveled the accusations) and José Carlos Cunha (one of the targets), both of whom received their pink slips this past Monday. Replacements are already at work in their posts. CEO Alita Dias, however, remains steadfast at the helm of the company.

The World Bank has decided to finance the construction of a road linking Boa Vista’s Aristides Pereira International Airport to Lacacão on the island. In April, the Boa Vista and Maio Integrated Tourist Development Corporation (SDTIBM) will submit a proposal for the financing of the final section of the road (some 20 kilometers) linking the airport to the Lacacão Integrated Tourist Development Zone. The work is part of a government project budgeted at 25 million US dollars.

A Semana reports that the High Council of Judicial Magistrates deliberation that approved the five new Deputy Attorneys General - Franklin Tavares, José Landim, Júlio Martins, João Pinto and Henrique Monteiro and the three local circle prosecutors - José Landim, Lizete Neves and Alcindo Soares – has taken many prosecutors aback, particularly those with many years of work under their robes, who believe they have been victims of injustice. Many believe they have been penalized by opting, in the past, to remain in the country and embrace sensitive cases instead of undertaking well-paid international careers. Indeed, in the opinion of some, desertion pays after all.

The 5th edition of the Cabo Verde Music Awards takes place this Saturday in Praia, and cultural supplement Kriolidadi takes an inside look at the event, which this year has attracted the Portuguese media. Proceeds from the event will go to the children of Chã das Caldeiras who were left homeless in the recent volcanic eruption.

The kickoff, next Thursday, of the third edition of the Grito Rock festival in Praia is another of the highlights in this week’s Kriolidadi. The 10 days of shows, lectures, workshops and jam sessions dedicated to the musical genre that was created in the United States but which has garnered fans throughout the world.

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