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    Jamaica Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/jamaica/jamaica_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Jamaica

      Government type constitutional parliamentary democracy

      Capital Kingston

      Administrative divisions 14 parishes; Clarendon, Hanover, Kingston, Manchester, Portland, Saint Andrew, Saint Ann, Saint Catherine, Saint Elizabeth, Saint James, Saint Mary, Saint Thomas, Trelawny, Westmoreland

      Independence 6 August 1962 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day, first Monday in August (1962)

      Constitution 6 August 1962

      Legal system based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Sir Howard Felix COOKE (since 1 August 1991)
      head of government: Prime Minister Percival James PATTERSON (since 30 March 1992) and Deputy Prime Minister Seymour MULLINGS (since NA 1993)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the recommendation of the prime minister; prime minister and deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general

      Legislative branch bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (a 21-member body appointed by the governor general on the recommendations of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition; ruling party is allocated 13 seats, and the opposition is allocated eight seats) and the House of Representatives (60 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 18 December 1997 (next to be held by March 2002)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - PNP 50, JLP 10

      Judicial branch Supreme Court (judges appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister); Court of Appeal

      Political parties and leaders Jamaica Labor Party or JLP [Edward SEAGA]; National Democratic Movement or NDM [Bruce GOLDING]; People's National Party or PNP [Percival James PATTERSON]

      Political pressure groups and leaders New Beginnings Movement or NBM; Rastafarians (black religious/racial cultists, pan-Africanists)

      International organization participation ACP, C, Caricom, CCC, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-15, G-19, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Seymour MULLINGS
      consulate(s) general: Miami and New York
      FAX: [1] (202) 452-0081
      telephone: [1] (202) 452-0660
      chancery: 1520 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Sue McCourt COBB
      embassy: Jamaica Mutual Life Center, 2 Oxford Road, 3rd floor, Kingston 5
      mailing address: use embassy street address
      telephone: [1] (876) 929-4850 through 4859
      FAX: [1] (876) 926-6743

      Flag description diagonal yellow cross divides the flag into four triangles - green (top and bottom) and black (hoist side and outer side)

      NOTE: The information regarding Jamaica on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Jamaica Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Jamaica Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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