In May 2005, Prime Minister Neves indicated that the country may apply for NATO membership. The month before, NATO had for the first time in Africa conducted an exercise in Cape Verde with its rapid response force. In June, the opposition party called on MPD to discuss the country’s special relationship with the EU as soon as possible.
The January 2006 parliamentary elections were won by PAICV and Pires was re-elected president with 51% of the vote.
Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Cabo Verde. Cape Verde began to prepare to compete with other African countries, who also wanted to be selected by China as the target of one of the 5 major economic cooperation centers in Africa. By July 2007, Zambia and Mauritius had been designated. Praia prepared a delegation to visit China to promote Cape Verde’s candidacy. Among other candidate countries were Tanzania, Liberia and Nigeria.
Jorge Carlos Fonseca of MPD won the second round of presidential elections in 2011 and was placed on the post in September. In October, the Cape Verde ICC ratified the statutes, thus becoming state No. 119 to ratify the treaty.