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    Luxembourg Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
      conventional short form: Luxembourg
      local long form: Grand-Duche de Luxembourg
      local short form: Luxembourg

      Data code LU

      Government type constitutional monarchy

      National capital Luxembourg

      Administrative divisions 3 districts; Diekirch, Grevenmacher, Luxembourg

      Independence 1839

      National holiday National Day, 23 June (1921) (public celebration of the Grand Duke's birthday)

      Constitution 17 October 1868, occasional revisions

      Legal system based on civil law system; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal and compulsory

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Grand Duke JEAN (since 12 November 1964); Heir Apparent Prince HENRI (son of Grand Duke JEAN, born 16 April 1955)
      head of government: Prime Minister Jean-Claude JUNCKER (since 1 January 1995) and Vice Prime Minister Jacques F. POOS (since 21 July 1984)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the sovereign, responsible to the Chamber of Deputies
      elections: none; the grand duke is a hereditary monarch; prime minister and vice prime minister appointed by the sovereign but are responsible to the Chamber of Deputies

      Legislative branch unicameral Chamber of Deputies or Chambre des Deputes (60 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 12 June 1994 (next to be held by June 1999)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - CSV 21, LSAP 17, DP 12, Action Committee for Democracy and Pension Rights 5, Greens 5
      note: the Council of State or Conseil d'Etat, which has 21 members who are appointed for life, is an advisory body whose views are considered by the Chamber of Deputies

      Judicial branch Superior Court of Justice or Cour Superieure de Justice, judges are appointed for life by the Grand Duke; Administrative Court or Tribunale Administratin, judges are appointed for life by the Grand Duke

      Political parties and leaders Christian Social People's Party or CSV [Erna HENNICOT-SCHOEPGES]; Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party or LSAP [Ben FAYOT]; Democratic Party or DP [Lydie Wurth POLFER]; Action Committee for Democracy and Pension Rights [Roby MEHLEN]; the Green Alternative [Abbes JACOBY]; other minor parties

      Political pressure groups and leaders group of steel companies representing iron and steel industry; Centrale Paysanne representing agricultural producers; Christian and Socialist labor unions; Federation of Industrialists; Artisans and Shopkeepers Federation

      International organization participation ACCT, Australia Group, Benelux, CCC, CE, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EIB, EU, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, MTCR, NATO, NEA, NSG, OECD, OSCE, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WEU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Alphonse BERNS
      chancery: 2200 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 265-4171
      FAX: [1] (202) 328-8270
      consulate(s) general: New York and San Francisco

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Clay CONSTANTINOU
      embassy: 22 Boulevard Emmanuel-Servais, 2535 Luxembourg City
      mailing address: American Embassy Luxembourg, Unit 1410, APO AE 09126-1410 (official mail); American Embassy Luxembourg, PSC 9, Box 9500, APO AE 09123 (personal mail)
      telephone: [352] 46 01 23
      FAX: [352] 46 14 01

      Flag description three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and light blue; similar to the flag of the Netherlands, which uses a darker blue and is shorter; design was based on the flag of France

      NOTE: The information regarding Luxembourg on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Luxembourg Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Luxembourg Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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