Portuguese American Journal

Appointed: Ana Luis named President of the Regional Legislative Assembly – Azores

Ana Luís,36, was appointed President of the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Azores by the Socialist Party (PS) leadership, replacing Francisco Coelho.

A native of Faial island and an economist by training, Ana Luis will be the first woman holding the position. She will preside to a legislative body of 57 representatives of which one third are women.

The Socialist Party (PS) won the legislative elections held in the Azores on October 14, with an absolute majority of 49% of votes winning 31 out of a total of 57 parliamentary seats.

The 57 representatives elected to serve the 10th Legislative Assembly were sworn today in a ceremony held in the Azorean Parliament located in Horta city on Faial island.

Last week, Vasco Cordeiro, 39, was sworn President of the Regional Government of the Azores replacing incumbent socialist Carlos César, 16 years in office as the President of the Regional Government.

Cordeiro was challenged in the legislative elections by Berta Cabral, the former Mayor of Ponta Delgada city, the social democrat candidate (PSD) in opposition, who garnered 33% of votes, winning 20 parliamentary seats for her party. The Christian Democrats (CDS-PP) won third place with 6% of ballots, winning 3 parliamentary seats.

The Azores (population 250,000) became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal.

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General Information on the Azores 

Official Name: Autonomous Region of the Azores; Number of Islands: 9 main islands; Capital: Ponta Delgada; Area: 2314 km2; Population: 241,700 inhabitants (2004); Population density: 106 inhabitants/km²; GDP/inhabitant: 17 800€ (2005); Climate: humid , maritime sub-tropical; Economic activities: agriculture, fisheries and tourism; Official language: Portuguese; Status: Portuguese Autonomous Region, EU Outermost Region (OR);