As a result of the decentralization of Government the election criteria were redefined in 1982, and in 1985 the President of the General Council took over executive powers from the centrally-appointed prefect.  (http://flagspot.net/flags/fr-depts.html)
The situation in a Département d'outre-mer (overseas territory) can be explained as follows. Generally, these territories are simultaneously départements and régions. The President of the general council may also serve concurrently as President of the Regional Council.
President De Marco, the arrangements for this meeting are excellent, and your generous hospitality and that of the Government and people of Malta is sincerely appreciated.
This Council is a common platform from which those who have held the Presidency of the General Assembly - the only universal organ in the world's premier international organization - can put their combined experience and expertise at the service of the Assembly and the organization, nationally, regionally and internationally.
Council agreed that the ANC and the people of South Africa have made great strides since the historic 50th National Conference of the ANC in Mafikeng in 1997.
Council hereby calls on all cadres at all levels of government and the state to ensure that they speed up the process of re-engineering government, so that integrated planning and implementation can become a reality.
Council resolved that structures that have been set up to ensure better co-ordination within the Alliance should be activated, that joint programmes of action should be implemented with greater determination, and that issues of disagreement should be handled in a mature manner reflective of true revolutionaries.
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