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dency at PAICV's September 1997 congress, he faced José Maria Neves and pre- vailed with 68% of the vote. He stepped down as PAICV President in 2000 in prepara- tion for a presiden- tial bid in the next year's election and he was succeeded by Neves. He offi- cially announced his candidacy for the Presidency of Cape Verde on September 5, 2000.

Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires born 29 April 1934 was the President of Cape Verde from March 2001 to September 2011. Before becoming President, he was Prime Minister from 1975 to 1991. After the ruling African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) decided to institute multiparty democracy in February 1990, Pires replaced President Aristides Pereira as General Secretary of PAICV in August 1990. The PAICV lost the multiparty par- liamentary and presidential elections held in early 1991 and was left in opposition. At a party congress in August 1993, Pires was replaced as General Secretary by Aristides Lima and was instead elected as President of PAICV. As a candidate for the party presi-

Pires was the PAICV candidate

in the February 2001 presi- dential election, defeating for- mer Prime Minister Carlos Veiga of the Movement for Democracy(MpD) in the sec- ond round by just 17 votes. Pires took office on March 22; the MpD boycotted his inaugu-

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ration, saying that the election was marred by a "non-trans- parent process". As President, Pires appointed Neves as Prime Minister. He ran for a second term in the presiden- tial election held on 12 February 2006 and again pre- vailed over Veiga, this time winning in the first round by a 51%-49% margin.

In May 2008, he said that he favored a cautious, long-term approach to the formation of a United States of Africa, prefer- ring that regional integration precede a continent-wide union. He attended the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD- IV) at this time.

Pires was awarded the 2011 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The prize was awarded in recognition of Pires role in making Cape Verde a "model of democracy, stability and increased pros- perity". The prize includes a monetary component of $5m

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