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British Indian Ocean Territory (overseas territory of the UK) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: British Indian Ocean Territory
    conventional short form: none
    abbreviation: BIOT

    Data code: IO

    Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK; administered by a commissioner, resident in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London

    Legal system: NA

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
    head of government: Commissioner David Ross MACLENNAN (since NA 1994); Administrator Don CAIRNS (since NA); note—both reside in the UK
    cabinet: NA
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; commissioner and administrator appointed by the monarch

    Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)

    Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)

    Flag description: white with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and six blue wavy horizontal stripes bearing a palm tree and yellow crown centered on the outer half of the flag

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