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Government, Local Government

Nicaraguans, autonomous regions, regional resources, Caribbean coast, municipal governments

Beginning in 1990, Nicaraguans elected local government officials, who were previously appointed by the central government. Nicaragua has 15 departments plus two autonomous regions on the Caribbean coast. There are 143 municipal governments authorized to elect their own officials. The autonomous regions have an elected Regional Council with limited powers, including the ability to control contracts for developing regional resources. Municipal governments, consisting of mayors and councilors, are directly elected, have limited taxing authority, and control most municipal activities and services.



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Nicaraguans, autonomous regions, regional resources, Caribbean coast, municipal governments, taxing authority, mayors, central government, contracts, ability, councilors, departments, services

 
 

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