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Government in the Costa Tropical!

Spain is a Parliamentary monarchy, which means, it is a state headed by a monarch (king) who is not actively involved in policy formation or implementation (i.e., the exercise of sovereign powers by a monarch in a ceremonial capacity); true governmental leadership is carried out by a cabinet and its head - a president who is chosen from a legislature (parliament).

The current ruling body of Spain is as follows:

Head of State:
King Juan Carlos I, since November 22, 1975; and Queen Sofia
Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbon y Grecia, since November 22, 1975

Head of Gov:
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, elected 14 March 2004
First Vice President &
Minister of Presidency
María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, elected 14 March 2004
Second Vice President &
Minister of Economy and Finance
Elena Salgado, elected 14 March 2004
Third Vice President &
Minister for Territorial Coordination
Manuel Chaves González, elected April 2009
Council of Ministers
(Spanish Consejo de Ministros)
Designated by the president

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Almuñécar Government
Cultural Center
Guardia Civil Office
Health Center
Local Police Station
Post Office
Almuñécar Main Travel Page
Herradura Government
Cultural Center
Health Center
Post Office
Tourist Office
La Herradura Main Page

After the top governing body the country is divided up into 17 autonomous regions, the Costa Tropical is located in the region of Andalucía. Andalucía is the second largest autonomous regions after Castile and León and it accounts for one sixth of the country’s surface area and population.

The Andalucian Autonomous Government is an organization, comprising 14 departments, seven independent bodies, and 210,000 public employees. Since April 23, 2009, José Antonio Griñán is the president of the Andalucian Government.

Province of Granada
After the 17 autonomous regions, Spain is divided up yet again into its 50 provinces. Andalucía consists of 8 provinces; the Costa Tropical is located in the province of Granada. The capital city of our province is the city of Granada and the president is Antonio Martínez Caler (PSOE). For more information on the Granada government, visit their website;

Province of Malaga
The town of Nerja is located in the neighboring provence of Malaga. Its area is 7,308 km², its population is 1,330,010 (2002), of whom two-fifths live in the capital Málaga. The president of the province of Malaga since 2003 is Salvador Pendón Muñoz (PSOE). For more information on the province of Malaga visit their website;

Law Enforcement
There are two groups of law enforcement forces in Spain and in the Costa Tropical, the first is the Guardia Civil and the second is the local police force or Policía.

The Guardia Civil (English: Civil Guard), is the Spanish gendarmerie (uniformed national police force). It has foreign peace-keeping missions and is the equivalent of a federal military police force. The Guardia Civil uses as its leading emblem the motto "El honor es mi divisa" (Honour is my emblem). Their precincts are called "casa cuarteles" (barrack-houses) .

Guardia Civil Details:

Primary governing body Ministry of the Interior (Spain)
Secondary governing body Ministry of Defence (Spain)
Headquarters Calle Guzmán el Bueno, 110, 28003, Madrid
Guardia Civiles 80,000
Elected officer responsible Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, Minister of the Interior
Agency executive Francisco Javier Velázquez López, Director General

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