North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region
|North Caribbean Autonomous Region
Región Autónoma Costa Caribe Norte (Spanish)
Location of the North Caribbean Autonomous Region in Nicaragua.
|Largest city||Siuna, Nicaragua|
|• Type||Devolved government under presidential republic|
|• Body||Government of the RACN|
|• Regional Coordinator (Governor)||TBDL leader (FSLN)|
|Autonomous Regional Council of the North Caribbean||47 councilors|
|National Assembly||2??? deputies (of 92)|
In Nicaragua, the North Caribbean Autonomous Region (Spanish: Región Autónoma Caribe Norte), sometimes shortened to RACN, or RACCN (for North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region), or RAAN (for its former name of Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte) is one of two autonomous regions. It covers an area of 32,159 km² and has a population of 249,700 (2005 census). It is the largest autonomous region or department in Nicaragua. The capital is Puerto Cabezas. It contains part of the region known as the Mosquito Coast.
The RACCN has a Regional Council made up of representatives of different political parties (such as the Sandinistas (FSLN), YATAMA (ethnic indigenous party), and others) as well as all the municipalities. They hold sessions in an Assembly in Puerto Cabezas.
The RACCN contains eight municipalities:
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- The autonomous regions of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast
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