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Clinton ends Africa tour in Cape Verde

FILE -- In this July 31, 2009 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a joint news conference with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, at the State Department in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE -- In this July 31, 2009 file photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a joint news conference with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

SANTA MARIA, Cape Verde (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is wrapping up an 11-day tour of Africa in Cape Verde, praising the island nation for democratic reforms and sound financial policy.

U.S. officials say Cape Verde could serve as a model for other African nations as it has held numerous free and fair elections and has taken measures to ensure accountability and transparency in government.

Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony off the coast of West Africa, is the last stop on Clinton's seven-nation trip that began in Kenya last week. She has also visited South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Liberia.


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