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Cocos (Keeling) Islands(territory of Australia) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    conventional short form: Cocos (Keeling) Islands

    Data code: CK

    Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories

    Government type: NA

    Capital: West Island

    Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

    Independence: none (territory of Australia)

    National holiday: NA

    Constitution: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act of 1955

    Legal system: based upon the laws of Australia and local laws

    Suffrage: NA

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general
    head of government: Administrator (acting) Maureen ELLIS (since NA)
    cabinet: NA
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia

    Legislative branch: unicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (NA seats)

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court

    Political parties and leaders: none

    International organization participation: none

    Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of Australia)

    Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of Australia)

    Flag description: the flag of Australia is used

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