Political- Administrative Division

CHAPTER XI POLITICAL-ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

ARTICLE 102

For political-administrative purposes the country is divided into provinces and municipalities; their number, boundaries and names are determined by law.

The law many also establish other divisions.

The province is the local society having, to all legal effects, a juridical personality. It is politically organized according to law to serve as an intermediate link between the central and municipal governments, covering a surface area equivalent to the municipalities within its demarcation.

It exercises the functions and fulfills the state and administrative duties which are under its jurisdiction and has the fundamental duty of promoting the economic and social development of its territory, for which it coordinates and controls the fulfillment of the policies, programs and plans approved by the higher state bodies, with the support of its municipalities and taking their interests into account.

The municipality is the local society having, to all legal effects, a juridical personality. It is politically organized according to law, covering a surface are that is determined by the necessary economic and social relations of its population, and with the capacity to meet the minimum local needs.

The provinces and municipalities, in addition to exercising their corresponding functions, contribute to the realization of the state�s objectives.