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    Turks and Caicos Islands Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Turks and Caicos Islands

      Data code TK

      Dependency status dependent territory of the UK

      Government type NA

      National capital Grand Turk

      Administrative divisions none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Independence none (dependent territory of the UK)

      National holiday Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

      Constitution introduced 30 August 1976, suspended in 1986, restored and revised 5 March 1988

      Legal system based on laws of England and Wales with a small number adopted from Jamaica and The Bahamas

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II of the UK (since 6 February 1953), represented by Governor John KELLY (since NA September 1996)
      head of government: Chief Minister Derek H. TAYLOR (since 31 January 1995)
      cabinet: Executive Council consists of three ex officio members and five appointed by the governor from among the members of the Legislative Council
      elections: none; the queen is a hereditary monarch; governor appointed by the queen; chief minister appointed by the governor

      Legislative branch unicameral Legislative Council (19 seats, of which 13 are popularly elected; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 31 January 1995 (next to be held by NA December 1999)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PDM 8, PNP 4, independent (Norman SAUNDERS) 1

      Judicial branch Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders Progressive National Party (PNP), Washington MISICK; People's Democratic Movement (PDM), Derek H. TAYLOR; United Democratic Party (UDP), Wendal SWANN

      International organization participation Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau)

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Flag description blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the colonial shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield is yellow and contains a conch shell, lobster, and cactus

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

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