President of the
Republic of Cabo Verde
Presidente de Cabo Verde (Portuguese)
José Maria Neves
since 9 November 2021
Executive branch of the Government of Cape Verde
ResidencePresidential Palace, Praia
Term length5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holderAristides Pereira
Formation8 July 1975

This article lists the presidents of Cape Verde, an island country in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa, since the establishment of the office of president in 1975. Aristides Pereira was the first person to hold the office, taking effect on 8 July 1975. The incumbent is José Maria Neves, having taken office on 9 November 2021.

Term limits

As of 2021, there is a two-term limit for the president in the Constitution of Cape Verde. The first president for whom the term limits applied was Monteiro in 2001.[1]

List of officeholders

Political parties
  African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC)
  African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV)
  Movement for Democracy (MpD)
No. Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Aristides Pereira
8 July 1975 22 March 1991 15 years, 257 days PAIGC
(until 1981[2])
(from 1981[2])
2 António Mascarenhas Monteiro
22 March 1991 22 March 2001 10 years MpD
3 Pedro Pires
(born 1934)
22 March 2001 9 September 2011 10 years, 171 days PAICV
4 Jorge Carlos Fonseca
(born 1950)
9 September 2011 9 November 2021 10 years, 61 days MpD
5 José Maria Neves
(born 1960)
2021 9 November 2021 Incumbent 2 years, 221 days PAICV


José Maria NevesJorge Carlos FonsecaPedro PiresAntónio Mascarenhas MonteiroAristides Pereira

Latest election

Main article: 2021 Cape Verdean presidential election

José Maria NevesAfrican Party for the Independence of Cape Verde95,80351.73
Carlos VeigaMovement for Democracy78,47442.37
Casimiro de PinaIndependent3,3431.81
Fernando Rocha DelgadoIndependent2,5161.36
Helio SanchesIndependent2,1191.14
Gilson AlvesIndependent1,5580.84
Joaquim MonteiroIndependent1,3780.74
Valid votes185,19196.90
Invalid/blank votes5,9283.10
Total votes191,119100.00
Registered voters/turnout398,86547.92
Source: CNE

See also


  1. ^ Cook, Candace; Siegle, Joseph. "Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa". Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
  2. ^ a b Political Parties of the World (6th edition, 2005), ed. Bogdan Szajkowski, page 113.