Capital District (Venezuela)
|• Head of Government of the Capital District||Antonio Benavides Torres (PSUV)|
|• Total||433 km2 (167 sq mi)|
The Capital District (Spanish: Distrito Capital) of Venezuela is a federal district corresponding to the capital Caracas. It has an area of 433 km2 and there is only one administrative division (municipio), Libertador, which contains about half of Caracas. It is the seat of the federal government and the head of the public powers.
Formerly it had its own local government with a governor, but the constitutional reform of 1999 abolished the district government and created instead the Metropolitan District of Caracas, with jurisdiction over the territory of the District and also four adjacent municipios (Baruta, Chacao, el Hatillo and Sucre) in Miranda which all together form the city.
On 13 April 2009, the National Assembly passed a law creating the figure of a head of government for the district which would be designated by the President. On 14 April 2009, Jacqueline Faría became the first Head of Government of the Capital District. During the 2017 Venezuelan protests, General Antonio José Benavides Torres of the National Guard was appointed to be the Head of Government of the Capital District by President Maduro.
Race and ethnicity
According to the 2011 Census, the racial composition of the population was:
- "Venezuela: Federal States, Major Cities & Localities". City Population. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
- Official Gazette, 14 April 2009, (in Spanish) Official announcement[permanent dead link]
- "Himno Nacional, Alma Llanera y sana PAZ sin órganos de represión: Marcha nocturna honró a los caídos en sede OEA". La Patilla (in Spanish). 21 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
- "Resultado Básico del XIV Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2011 (Mayo 2014)" (PDF). Ine.gov.ve. p. 29. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
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