Cape Verde ex-leader Pedro Pires wins Mo Ibrahim prize

Pedro Pires - Ex-leader of Cape Verde

Former Cape Verde President Pedro Verona Pires has been awarded this year’s $5million (£3.2m) Mo Ibrahim prize for good governance in Africa.

The prize committee said Mr Pires, who stepped down in August, had helped make the archipelago off the West African coast a “model of democracy, stability and increased prosperity”.

The prize is supposed to be awarded each year to a democratically elected leader who has voluntarily left office.

There has been no winner for two years.

The committee said there had been no suitable candidate.

The $5m award, given over 10 years, is the world’s most valuable individual prize.

The previous winners are Botswana’s President Festus Mogae and Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano.

Source: BBC

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