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Puerto Rico (commonwealth associated with the US) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    conventional short form: Puerto Rico

    Data code: RQ

    Dependency status: commonwealth associated with the US

    Government type: commonwealth

    Capital: San Juan

    Administrative divisions: none (commonwealth associated with the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 78 municipalities (municipios, singular—municipio) at the second order; Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Anasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamon, Cabo Rojo, Caguas, Camuy, Canovanas, Carolina, Catano, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guanica, Guayama, Guayanilla, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Hatillo, Hormigueros, Humacao, Isabela, Jayuya, Juana Diaz, Juncos, Lajas, Lares, Las Marias, Las Piedras, Loiza, Luquillo, Manati, Maricao, Maunabo, Mayaguez, Moca, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Penuelas, Ponce, Quebradillas, Rincon, Rio Grande, Sabana Grande, Salinas, San German, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastian, Santa Isabel, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa, Yauco

    Independence: none (commonwealth associated with the US)

    National holiday: US Independence Day, 4 July (1776)

    Constitution: ratified 3 March 1952; approved by US Congress 3 July 1952; effective 25 July 1952

    Legal system: based on Spanish civil code

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal; indigenous inhabitants are 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 Pedro ROSSELLO (since 2 January 1993)
    cabinet: NA
    elections: US president and vice president elected on the same ticket for four-year terms; governor elected by popular vote for a four-year term; election last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000)
    election results: Pedro ROSSELLO reelected governor; percent of vote—51.1%

    Legislative branch: bicameral Legislative Assembly consists of the Senate (28 seats; members are directly elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and the House of Representatives (54 seats; members are directly elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
    elections: Senate—last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000); House of Representatives—last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000)
    election results: Senate—percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—PNP 19, PPD 8, PIP 1; House of Representatives—percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—PNP 37, PPD 16, PIP 1
    note: Puerto Rico elects one nonvoting representative to the US House of Representatives; elections last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000); results—percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—PNP 1 (Carlos Romero BARCELO)

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court (justices appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate); Superior Courts (justices appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate); Municipal Courts (justices appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate)

    Political parties and leaders: National Republican Party of Puerto Rico [Luis FERRE]; Popular Democratic Party or PPD [Anibal ACEVIDA Vila]; New Progressive Party or PNP [Pedro ROSSELLO]; Puerto Rican Independence Party or PIP [Ruben BERRIOS Martinez]; National Democratic Party [William MIRANDA]

    Political pressure groups and leaders: Armed Forces for National Liberation or FALN; Volunteers of the Puerto Rican Revolution; Boricua Popular Army (also known as the Macheteros); Armed Forces of Popular Resistance

    International organization participation: Caricom (observer), ECLAC (associate), FAO (associate), ICFTU, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, WCL, WFTU, WHO (associate)

    Diplomatic representation in the US: none (commonwealth associated with the US)

    Diplomatic representation from the US: none (commonwealth associated with the US)

    Flag description: five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large, white, five-pointed star in the center; design based on the US flag

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