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Cabildo insular

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Location of the Canary Islands in relation to Spain
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A cabildo insular (English: island council) is the government and administration institution of each of the seven major islands in the Canary Islands archipelago: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The island of La Graciosa falls under the jurisdiction of the cabildo of Lanzarote.

The members of a cabildo are elected by direct universal suffrage by the Spanish citizens of each island. The membership is determined by party-list proportional representation. In Francoist Spain the members were appointed rather than elected.

Created under the Law of Cabildos of 1912,[1] the cabildos insulares took over powers ascribed to the provincial councils.[2] Cabildos exercise a level of authority between those of their province and their autonomous communities in matters of health, environment, culture, sports, industry, roads, drinking water and irrigation, hunting and fishing licensing, museums, beaches, public transportation and land organization. Cabildos can impose fuel taxes.

List of cabildos insulares[edit]

There are seven cabildos: El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote, and Tenerife.

Cabildo Island(s) Image
Cabildo de El Hierro El Hierro
Cabildo de Fuerteventura Fuerteventura
Cabildo de Gran Canaria Gran Canaria
Cabildo de Lanzarote Lanzarote, La Graciosa
Cabildo de La Gomera La Gomera
Cabildo de La Palma La Palma
Cabildo de Tenerife Tenerife

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  1. ^ Bravo de Laguna 2014, p. 786.
  2. ^ Bravo de Laguna, Juan Hernández (2014). "Los Cabildos Insulares en la Constitución y el Estatuto ¿transformación o continuidad?" (PDF). : XX Coloquio de Historia Canario-Americana (in Spanish). p. 788.

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