A Câmara Municipal (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈkɐmɐɾɐ munisiˈpaɫ], literally, Municipal Chamber, is the executive body of a municipality in Portugal and its former colonies of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.
Its members (vereadores, aldermen) are elected by the Hondt method, serve year-round and are paid. The president of a Municipal Chamber is the head of the most-voted list. The Câmara Municipal has an odd number of aldermen (from five to thirteen), determined by the number of registered voters within the municipality, with the exceptions of Lisbon (fixed at 17 aldermen) and Porto (15 aldermen).
Each Municipal Chamber has a council, composed of representatives from a variety of organizations, which serve as a consultative body..
The term can also refer to the building where the Municipal Chamber offices are located, i.e., the City Hall.
- PORTUGAL: a country study, Federal Research Division, Library of Congress; Edited by Eric Solsten (public domain)
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