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Politics, constitution and administrative structure of Portugal

Vilamoura Portugal is a democratic state in which the Republican government predominates. The state functions on the basis of the Constitution, which was adopted in April 1976. To this day, it has been updated and amended four times. The head of the country is the President. He is elected every five years. Elections take place by secret ballot. The Constitution of the country stipulates that the same candidate cannot rule the country for more than two consecutive terms. All citizens of the country who have already reached the age of 18 take part in the voting. The President’s direct duties include representation of his country in the international arena. He is the guarantor of the integrity of the country and state unity, and is also considered the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Portugal.
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According to the Constitution, the President has the right to dissolve the parliament if its activities does not correspond to the current Constitution or does not inspire confidence in the President. After that, the President has the right to announce early elections and set a voting date. Besides this, in case of some pressing issues, the President of the country can allow for the Referendum to take place (that will represent the national interests of every citizen of the country). The President is also given the privilege to veto any law that was passed by the majority in parliament. If the law does not comply with the constitutional provisions, the President may challenge it before the appropriate tribunal. To date in Portugal, the President’s activities are directly related to the work of the State Council. This advisory body allows the President to cover all sectors of his country’s life and make reasonable decisions.
The Parliament of Portugal is called the Republican Assembly. It has a unicameral structure. Deputies get to stay in Parliament for a term of 4 years. To date, 230 deputies successfully work in the Parliament, which are given their positions through universal suffrage. Aside from this, the system of parliamentary elections is somewhat non-standard. So, despite the fact that deputies are elected from certain districts (according to the proportional system) in parliament, they represent the country entirely. The Government of Portugal consists of ministers from the relevant ministries, and is headed by the Prime Minister. At the constitutional level, Portugal has a multiparty system of government. Since gaining independence, only two parties are competing in the country’s political scene – Socialists and Social Democrats. Also in the modern parliament are deputies from the Portuguese Communist Party, from the left bloc, from the Green Party, as well as from the People’s Democratic Union. Copyright
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The administrative territory of Portugal is divided into 18 districts, which are called Distritos. In addition, the territory has two autonomous regions that are geographically separated from the mainland of the country. These are the islands of Madeira and the Azores. A local government, as well as a specialized legislative assembly, functions on their territory. In total, Portugal has more than three hundred municipal districts. The role of the executive is very difficult to overestimate. Their main structures are the city administration, as well as the municipal chambers. Each administrative district is headed by a Governor who is appointed personally by the Minister.
Praia da Rocha Foreign policy in Portugal today is not aggressive, but is formed in connection with the needs and basic concepts of NATO, the OSCE and the European Union. It should be noted that Portugal is a fairly active member of these organizations, as well as other international communities, and participates in solving various world problems, in particular, the pro-Atlantic orientation. Today, the armed forces of Portugal include more than 45,000 people, of these, more than half belong to the land forces. The soldiers in the naval fleet are no more than 11,000. The air force has at least 7,000 soldiers.
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The Republican Guard operates on the territory of the country, and is intended to enhance the country’s military potential and protect territorial borders. Service is mandatory for men, and is for a period of 4 months. The conscription age is from 20 years. The majority of servicemen work in the country on a contract basis. Portugal has set for itself, the goal of bringing the army to a completely professional level. To date, the maintenance of the armed forces takes 2% of the total GDP. It should be noted that various international military assets are located on the territory of Portugal. For example, NATO is based in Madeira, and US troops are landing in the Azores.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Portugal

Places in Portugal famous worldwide

House Garden in Lisbon

From the series “Unique Living Houses”
You can see amazing green houses in big cities. An excellent example is a residence in Lisbon. Experts from Rebelo de Andrade studios have created this amazing building. Its facade is decorated with 4 500 plants of more than twenty different species. Authors of the project originally conceived three stores, as well as a vertical garden. They used the most spectacular Iberian and Mediterranean plants to decorate the facade.

It should be noted that the selection of plants and their distribution along the facade was very careful. You can feel the scents of many different plants in the house. So, there is a soothing scent of lavender in a bedroom, and unique flavor of saffron in a kitchen. On the ground floor, there is a cozy living room, where aroma of rosemary dominates. The amazing house ... Read all
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Luxury hotel will be built in the desert of Saudi Arabia

In the coming years, a new amazing hotel will begin to receive travelers in Saudi Arabia. It will be built right among the endless expanses of the desert. The exact date of the hotel opening is still unknown; the construction started on the territory of the Al-Ula oasis. The new hotel will be named Sharaan, in the honor of the surrounding nature reserve. Read this


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Electorate - mentality of people in Portugal regions

These peculiar features are extremely noticeable for city guests as peace and tranquility is reigning in the streets of Lisbon. Another exuberant character feature is the special pride in history and culture. Local people consider their nation to be unique and this conviction turns them intolerant to any comparisons … Read more
Every holidaymaker will find all kinds of entertainment according to his liking in Albufeira. Here you will like numerous cafes and restaurants serving delicious fish and seafood dishes, crazy nightlife establishments, as well as traditional museums and sights. By right, Albufeira is considered the most crowded, … Read more
Local people have numerous interesting traditions that must be definitely followed during the celebration of important dates and events. As vine is known as one of the most important national symbols, the presence of grape on a holiday table has always been a good sign. On New Year's night, when the clock strikes … Read more
The most anticipated and exciting event of the New Year is a grand fireworks show. The local incredibly beautiful fireworks show is listed in the Guinness Book of Records; locals usually prepare for it all year long. In February, the city hosts a colorful carnival, which is always accompanied by folkloric performances … Read more
Familiarity with traditional applied arts remains one of the most interesting entertainments for travelers. In Lagos, you'll find many handicraft workshops and souvenir shops where craftsmen make unique things with their hands. Among other crafts, the manufacture of pottery is really widespread. From ceramics, … Read more
One of the most favorite entertainments of festival’s guests is contest in fast sardine eating. Every year contest’s participants manage to set up new records, today’s champion ate more than 50 fish for 15 minutes. Every year Sardine festival is visited approximately by 80 thousand of foreign guests, festival’s … Read more

Portugal: traditions in regions

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