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    Turks and Caicos Islands (overseas territory of the UK) Government 2000

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Turks and Caicos Islands

      Data code: TK

      Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK

      Government type: NA

      Capital: Cockburn Town (on Grand Turk)

      Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday: Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

      Constitution: introduced 30 August 1976; suspended in 1986; restored and revised 5 March 1988

      Legal system: based on laws of England and Wales, with a small number adopted from Jamaica and The Bahamas

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1953), represented by Governor John KELLY (since NA September 1996)
      head of government: Chief Minister Derek H. TAYLOR (since 31 January 1995)
      cabinet: Executive Council consists of three ex officio members and five appointed by the governor from among the members of the Legislative Council
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; chief minister appointed by the governor

      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Council (19 seats, of which 13 are popularly elected; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 4 March 1999 (next to be held by NA 2003)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PDM 52.2%, PNP 40.9%, independent 6.9%; seats by party - PDM 9, PNP 4

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders: People's Democratic Movement or PDM [Derek H. TAYLOR]; Progressive National Party or PNP [Washington MISICK]; United Democratic Party or UDP [Wendal SWANN]

      International organization participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau)

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

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

      Flag description: blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the colonial shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield is yellow and contains a conch shell, lobster, and cactus

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