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    Portugal Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: Portuguese Republic
      conventional short form: Portugal
      local long form: Republica Portuguesa
      local short form: Portugal

      Data code PO

      Government type parliamentary democracy

      National capital Lisbon

      Administrative divisions 18 districts (distritos, singular - distrito) and 2 autonomous regions*(regioes autonomas, singular - regiao autonoma); Aveiro, Acores (Azores)*,Beja, Braga, Braganca, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Evora, Faro, Guarda, Leiria,Lisboa, Madeira*, Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Setubal, Viana do Castelo,Vila Real, Viseu

      Dependent areas Macau (scheduled to become a Special Administrative Region of Chinaon 20 December 1999)

      Independence 1140 (independent republic proclaimed 5 October 1910)

      National holiday Day of Portugal, 10 June (1580)

      Constitution 25 April 1976, revised 30 October 1982, 1 June 1989, and 5 November1992

      Legal system civil law system; the Constitutional Tribunal reviews the constitutionalityof legislation; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Jorge SAMPAIO (since 9 March 1996)
      head of government: Prime Minister Antonio Manuel de Oliviera GUTERRES (since 28 October1995)
      cabinet : Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the recommendationof the prime minister
      note: there is also a Council of State that acts as a consultative body tothe president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election lastheld 14 January 1996 (next to be held NA January 2001); following assemblyelections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalitionis usually appointed prime minister by the president
      election results: Jorge SAMPAIO elected president; percent of vote - Jorge SAMPAIO (Socialist)53.8%, Anibal CAVACO SILVA (Conservative) 46.2%

      Legislative branch unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica (230seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections : last held 1 October 1995 (next to be held by NA October 1999)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PSD 34.0%, PS 43.8%, CDU 8.6%, CDS/PP 9.1%;seats by party - PSD 88, PS 112, CDU 15, CDS/PP 15

      Judicial branch Supreme Court or Supremo Tribunal de Justica, judges appointed for lifeby the Conselho Superior da Magistratura

      Political parties and leaders Social Democratic Party or PSD [Marcelo Rebelo DE SOUSA]; PortugueseSocialist Party or PS [Antonio GUTERRES]; Portuguese Communist Party or PCP [Carlos CARVALHAS]; Popular Party or PP [Manuel MONTEIRO], may have joinedthe CDS for the election; National Solidarity Party or PSN [Manuel SERGIO];Center Democratic Party or CDS; United Democratic Coalition or CDU (communists)

      International organization participation AfDB, Australia Group, BIS, CCC, CE, CERN, EBRD, ECE, ECLAC, EIB, EU,FAO, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS,IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, LAIA(observer), MINURSO, MTCR, NACC, NAM (guest), NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer),OECD, OSCE, PCA, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNAVEM III, UNCTAD,UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIBH, UNMOP, UPU, WCL, WEU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO,ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Fernando Antonio de Lacerda ANDRESEN GUIMARAES
      chancery: 2125 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone : [1] (202) 328-8610
      FAX: [1] (202) 462-3726
      consulate(s) general: Boston, New York, Newark (New Jersey), and San Francisco
      consulate(s): Los Angeles, New Bedford (Massachusetts), Providence (Rhode Island),Washington, DC

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley BAGLEY
      embassy: Avenida das Forcas Armadas, 1600 Lisbon
      mailing address : PSC 83, APO AE 09726
      telephone: [351] (1) 7266600, 7266659, 7268670, 7268880
      FAX: [351] (1) 7269109
      consulate(s): Ponta Delgada (Azores)

      Flag description two vertical bands of green (hoist side, two-fifths) and red (three-fifths)with the Portuguese coat of arms centered on the dividing line

      NOTE: The information regarding Portugal on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Portugal Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Portugal Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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