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    Maldives Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Maldives
      conventional short form: Maldives
      local long form: Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa
      local short form: Dhivehi Raajje

      Data code MV

      Government type republic

      National capital Male (Maale)

      Administrative divisions 19 atolls (atholhu, singular and plural) and 1 other first-order administrative division*; Alifu, Baa, Dhaalu, Faafu, Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Kaafu, Laamu, Lhaviyani, Maale*, Meemu, Noonu, Raa, Seenu, Shaviyani, Thaa, Vaavu

      Independence 26 July 1965 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day, 26 July (1965)

      Constitution 4 June 1968

      Legal system based on Islamic law with admixtures of English common law primarily in commercial matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 21 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM (since 11 November 1978); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM (since 11 November 1978); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Ministry of Atolls appointed by the president; note - need not be members of Majilis
      elections: president elected by secret ballot of the Majlis for a five-year term; election last held 1 October 1993 (next to be held NA October 1998)
      election results: President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM reelected; percent of Majlis vote - Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM 92.76%

      Legislative branch unicameral Citizens' Council or Majlis (48 seats; 40 elected by popular vote, 8 appointed by the president; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 2 December 1994 (next to be held NA December 1999)
      election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 40

      Judicial branch High Court

      Political parties and leaders although political parties are not banned, none exist

      International organization participation AsDB, C, CCC, CP, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM, OIC, SAARC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WHO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US Maldives does not have an embassy in the US, but does have a Permanent Mission to the UN in New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US the US does not have an embassy in Maldives; the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka is accredited to Maldives and makes periodic visits there

      Flag description red with a large green rectangle in the center bearing a vertical white crescent; the closed side of the crescent is on the hoist side of the flag

      NOTE: The information regarding Maldives 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 Maldives Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Maldives Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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