Carlos Veiga

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Carlos Veiga
Prime Minister of Cape Verde
In office
4 April 1991 – 29 July 2000
PresidentAntónio Mascarenhas Monteiro
Preceded byPedro Pires
Succeeded byGualberto do Rosário
Personal details
Carlos Alberto Wahnon de Carvalho Veiga

(1949-10-21) 21 October 1949 (age 69)
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Political partyMovement for Democracy (1990–present)
Alma materUniversity of Lisbon

Carlos Alberto Wahnon de Carvalho Veiga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkaɾluz alˈbɛɾtu waˈnõ dɨ kɐɾˈvaʎu ˈvejɡɐ]; born October 21, 1949 in Mindelo) is a Cape Verdean politician. He was Prime Minister of Cape Verde from April 4, 1991 to July 29, 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

In 1950, Veiga was born in Mindelo, São Vicente. He later attended school in Praia on the island of Santiago, and later, he graduated in 1971 from the University of Lisbon with a degree in law.[1] He has distant Jewish ancestry.


After briefly living in Angola from 1972 to 1974, Veiga returned to Cape Verde in 1975, the year that it became independent, to join the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). During his time in the PAIGC, Veiga served the Ministry of Public Administration from 1975 to 1980 as a judge. After leaving the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde, he resumed his legal career and led the bar of Cape Verde from 1982 to 1986.[1]


In 1985, Veiga was elected to the National Assembly as an independent candidate. Later, in 1989, Veiga was selected to become the president for the Movement for Democracy Party. After the 1991 elections, the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Pedro Pires stepped down and Veiga took his place.[1]

Veiga served as Prime Minister under President António Mascarenhas Monteiro, and resigned in July 2000 in order to stand as the MpD's candidate in the February 2001 presidential election.[2] He was succeeded as Prime Minister by Gualberto do Rosário.[3]

In the 2001 presidential election, Veiga lost by 17 votes to Pedro Pires of the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV) in the second round of voting.[4] He ran again for presidency in the February 2006 presidential election, but he was defeated again by Pires.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Rake, Alan. African Leaders: Guiding the New Millennium. pp. 41–44. ISBN 0810840197. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  2. ^ Szajkowski, Bogdan, ed. (2005). Political Parties of the World (6th ed.). pp. 113–114. ISBN 0954381149.
  3. ^ A Political Chronology of Africa (1st ed.). Europa Publications. p. 67. ISBN 0203409957. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  4. ^ "New president for Cape Verde", BBC News, March 6, 2001.
  5. ^ Akyeampong, Emmanuel Kwaku; Louis Gates, Henry (2012). Dictionary of African Biography, Volume 6. p. 120. ISBN 9780195382075. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro Pires
Prime Minister of Cape Verde
Succeeded by
Gualberto do Rosário