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Cape Verde President Claims Election Win


Final results from Cape Verde's presidential election show incumbent Pedro Pires narrowly winning a second five-year term.

The west African country's election commission says Mr. Pires won 50.8 percent of the vote, against 49.2 percent for challenger Carlos Viega.

Mr. Viega has yet to concede defeat in the poll, which marks his second straight loss to the president. In the 2001 election, Mr. Pires defeated Mr.Viega by fewer than 20 votes.

Media reports say ballots cast by Cape Verdians living abroad carried the president to victory in the Sunday poll. The small West African archipelago has about 325-thousand registered voters.

The 71-year-old Mr. Pires served as Cape Verde's first prime minister when the country won independence from Portgual in 1975.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.