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State of Colima
Estado de Colima
—  State  —

Flag

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): The city of the Palm Trees
Location within Mexico
Municipalities of Colima
Country  Mexico
Capital Colima
Municipalities 10
Largest City Manzanillo
Government
 - Governor Mario Anguiano Moreno (PRI)
 - Federal Deputies PAN: 2
 - Federal Senators PAN: 2
PRI: 1
Area
Ranked 29th
 - Total 5,191 km2 (2,004.3 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 - Total 567,996(Ranked 31st)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
HDI (2004) 0.8001 - high
Ranked 14th
ISO 3166-2 MX-COL
Postal abbr. Col.
Website Colima state government

Colima is a state in western Mexico. It shares its name with its capital and main city, Colima.

Colima is a small state, sharing a border with the Mexican states of Jalisco to the north and east, and Michoacán to the south. To the west Colima borders the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the capital city of Colima, the state's main cities include Manzanillo and Tecomán. The state has an area of 5,455 square kilometers (2,106.2 sq mi), with a population in 2005 census of about 567,996 people.

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Government and politics

The Constitution of the State of Colima provides that the government of Colima consists of three powers: the executive, the legislative and the judiciary.

Executive power rests in the Governor of Colima, who is directly elected by the citizens, using a secret ballot, to a 6-year term with no possibility of reelection. Legislative power rests in the Congress of Colima which is a unicameral legislature composed of 25 deputies. Judicial power is invested in the Superior Court of Justice of Colima.

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Municipalities

The State of Colima is divided into 10 municipalities, each headed by a municipal president (mayor). Municipalities are named after the city that serves as municipal seat; e.g. the municipal seat of the Municipality of Manzanillo is the City of Manzanillo. The municipalities (Municipios) are: Colima, Villa de Álvarez, Comala, Cuauhtémoc, Colima, Minatitlán, Ixtlahuacán, Tecomán, Manzanillo, Armería and Coquimatlán. These municipalities could be best compared to Counties in the United States, in that they have their own government, police, and services. They also hold their own culture which culminates to create the state's culture. Each has its own songs, dances, clothes and traditional foods.

Elections

Trivia

The telenovela Contra viento y marea, starring Pavel Barreto, Marlene Favela and Acela Garibay, takes places in the towns of Colima, Manzanillo and Cuyutlán, which is a gray sand beach town located in the municipality of Armería.

A famous volcano in the area is called the Volcán de Colima (the Volcán de Fuego, the Nevado de Colima), but in fact, half of it is in the neighboring state of Jalisco which has been taking over more and more Colimense territory since the states were formed.

See also

References

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Coordinates: 19°05′48″N 103°57′39″W / 19.09667°N 103.96083°W / 19.09667; -103.96083


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Colima is a state on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

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