THE AUTONOMOUS REGIONS

The Azores and Madeira have a political/administrative regime of their own. This is justified by their geographic particularities and based on their populations' wish for self-government.

The regional government organs - regional assemblies and governments - possess broad powers to define their region's policies. This does not apply in the fields of foreign policy, defence and internal security, the competence for which pertains to the entities and organs of the Republic.

The regional assemblies are elected using the same method as that applicable to the Assembly of the Republic, and the regional governments are formed in the same way as the national Government.

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