Woman heads Cape Verde's lawyers association

Praia- Cape-Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian Lawyers' Association (OAC) has elected Ligia Fonseca, 37, its first woman president.
The election has however sparked off controversy, with some lawyers filing a petition against the single list process.
They are accusing the association's electoral commission of committing serious "irregularities" during the ballot.
Most importantly, the disgruntled lawyers are accusing the commission, set up in December 2000, of rejecting without good reason, another list which was vying for the leadership of the association.
The dissenting group argues that Fonseca did not fulfil the requirements as stipulated by the regulations, since she has been a member of the association for less than ten years.
Ligia is married to lawyer Jorge Fonseca, a candidate in Cape Verde's February presidential election.
OAC is expected to replace the Institute of Legal Patronage and Assistance (IPAJ), a public institution with which new law graduates are supposed to register before joining the Bar.

02 may 2001 13:07:00

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