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Grenada Government

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

    Data code: GJ

    Government type: parliamentary democracy

    Capital: Saint George's

    Administrative divisions: 6 parishes and 1 dependency*; Carriacou and Petit Martinique*, Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick

    Independence: 7 February 1974 (from UK)

    National holiday: Independence Day, 7 February (1974)

    Constitution: 19 December 1973

    Legal system: based on English common law

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Daniel WILLIAMS (since 9 August 1996)
    head of government: Prime Minister Keith MITCHELL (since 22 June 1995)
    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; prime minister appointed by the governor general from among the members of the House of Assembly

    Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (a 13-member body, 10 appointed by the government and three by the leader of the opposition) and the House of Representatives (15 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
    elections: last held on 18 January 1999 (next to be held by NA October 2004)
    election results: House of Representatives—percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—NNP 15

    Judicial branch: West Indies Associate States Supreme Court (an associate judge resides in Grenada)

    Political parties and leaders: National Democratic Congress or NDC [George BRIZAN]; Grenada United Labor Party or GULP [Herbert PREUDHOMME]; The National Party or TNP [Ben JONES]; New National Party or NNP [Keith MITCHELL]; Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement or MBPM [Terrence MARRYSHOW]; The Democratic Labor Party or DLP [Francis ALEXIS]

    International organization participation: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WToO, WTrO

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Denis G. ANTOINE
    chancery: 1701 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
    telephone: [1] (202) 265-2561
    consulate(s): New York

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: the ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Grenada
    embassy: Point Salines, Saint George's
    mailing address: P. O. Box 54, Saint George's, Grenada, West Indies
    telephone: [1] (473) 444-1173 through 1176
    FAX: [1] (473) 444-4820

    Flag description: a rectangle divided diagonally into yellow triangles (top and bottom) and green triangles (hoist side and outer side), with a red border around the flag; there are seven yellow, five-pointed stars with three centered in the top red border, three centered in the bottom red border, and one on a red disk superimposed at the center of the flag; there is also a symbolic nutmeg pod on the hoist-side triangle (Grenada is the world's second-largest producer of nutmeg, after Indonesia); the seven stars represent the seven administrative divisions

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