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

    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: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)

    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 31 January 1995 (next to be held by NA December 1999)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—PDM 8, PNP 4, independent (Norman SAUNDERS) 1

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court

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