Cape Verde. At the end of March, protests erupted against the country’s parliament unanimously voting for reforms that would give the country’s politicians huge pay rises. According to COUNTRYAAH, Praia is the capital of Cape Verde which is located in Western Africa. The President, the President and the Prime Minister would receive a salary premium of 65%. The president, whose salary has been fixed since 1997, would then receive the equivalent of just over SEK 23,000 a month. About 5,000 protesters gathered outside the parliament building in the capital, Praia, demanding that President Jorge Carlos Fonseca veto the reforms. The wage increases were seen by many as unjust in a situation of economic crisis caused by, among other things, the 2014 volcanic eruption and reduced tourism; many cruise ships ended after the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to add to Cape Verde, despite the epidemic not reaching there.
The driving force behind the demonstrations was the movement MAC # 113. The leader of the movement, sociologist Rony Moreira, claimed that he was excluded from the Cape Verde African Independence Party (PAICV) state party because he was considered radical. However, opposition to wage increases was supported by PAICV leader Janira Hopffer Almada, which created tensions within the party; Prime Minister José Maria Neves also represents this party, unlike President Fonseca, who belongs to the Movement for Democracy (MPD).
Around the end of the month of August – September, tropical cyclone Fred pulled in over Cape Verde, where it reached hurricane strength. This was the first time known as the blown hurricane over the island since 1892. Peace caused extensive material damage before the cyclone continued with reduced force towards the West African coast.