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Saint Helena (overseas territory of the UK) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Saint Helena

    Data code: SH

    Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Jamestown

    Administrative divisions: 1 administrative area and 2 dependencies*; Ascension*, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha*

    Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

    National holiday: Celebration of the Birthday of the Queen (second Saturday in June)

    Constitution: 1 January 1989

    Legal system: NA

    Suffrage: NA years of age

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
    head of government: Governor and Commander in Chief David Leslie SMALLMAN (since NA 1995)
    cabinet: Executive Council consists of the governor, two ex officio officers, and six elected members of the Legislative Council
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor is appointed by the monarch

    Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Council (15 seats, including the governor, 2 ex officio and 12 elected members; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 9 July 1997 (next to be held NA July 2001)
    election results: percent of vote—NA; seats—independents 15

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court

    Political parties and leaders: none

    International organization participation: ICFTU

    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 Saint Helenian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield features a rocky coastline and three-masted sailing ship

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