Ministry of the Internal Administration (Portugal)

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Ministry of the Internal Administration
Ministério da Administração Interna
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Agency overview
Formed 1736
Jurisdiction Government of Portugal
Headquarters Lisbon
Minister responsible Miguel Macedo, Minister of the Internal Administration
Child agencies
(etc.)
Website http://www.mai.gov.pt

The Ministry of the Internal Administration (Portuguese: Ministério da Administração Interna) or MAI, is the Portuguese Government department responsible for the public security, the civil defense, the electoral administration, the road traffic safety and the immigration and refugee affairs.

The MAI was created in 1736, by King John V of Portugal, as the Secretariat of State for the Interior Affairs of the Kingdom (Secretaria de Estado dos Negócios Interiores do Reino), later being known simply as the Ministry of the Kingdom (Ministério do Reino). In 1910, after the establishment of the Portuguese First Republic, the ministry was renamed Ministry of the Interior (Ministério do Interior). In 1974, after the Carnation Revolution, it was again renamed, becoming the Ministry of the Internal Administration.

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