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Guam (territory of the US) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Territory of Guam
    conventional short form: Guam

    Data code: GQ

    Dependency status: organized, unincorporated territory of the US with policy relations between Guam and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Hagatna (Agana)

    Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US)

    Independence: none (territory of the US)

    National holiday: Guam Discovery Day (first Monday in March) (1521); Liberation Day, 21 July (1944)

    Constitution: Organic Act of 1 August 1950

    Legal system: modeled on US; US federal laws apply

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal; US citizens, but do not vote in US presidential elections

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President William Jefferson CLINTON of the US (since 20 January 1993); Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January 1993)
    head of government: Governor Carl GUTIERREZ (since 8 November 1994) and Lieutenant Governor Madeleine BORDALLO (since 8 November 1994)
    cabinet: executive departments; heads appointed by the governor with the consent of the Guam legislature
    elections: US president and vice president elected on the same ticket for a four-year term; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2002)
    election results: Carl GUTIERREZ reelected governor; percent of vote—Carl GUTIERREZ (Democrat) 53.2%, Joseph ADA (Republican) 46.8%

    Legislative branch: unicameral Legislature (15 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve two-year terms)
    elections: last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2000)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—Republican 12, Democratic 3
    note: Guam elects one delegate to the US House of Representatives; election last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2000); results—Robert UNDERWOOD was reelected as delegate; percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—Democratic 1

    Judicial branch: Federal District Court (judge is appointed by the president); Territorial Superior Court (judges appointed for eight-year terms by the governor)

    Political parties and leaders: Republican Party (controls the legislature) [leader NA]; Democratic Party (party of the Governor) [leader NA]

    International organization participation: ESCAP (associate), Interpol (subbureau), IOC, SPC

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

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

    Flag description: territorial flag is dark blue with a narrow red border on all four sides; centered is a red-bordered, pointed, vertical ellipse containing a beach scene, outrigger canoe with sail, and a palm tree with the word GUAM superimposed in bold red letters; US flag is the national flag

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