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    Belize Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Belize
      former: British Honduras

      Data code BH

      Government type parliamentary democracy

      National capital Belmopan

      Administrative divisions 6 districts; Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo

      Independence 21 September 1981 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day, 21 September (1981)

      Constitution 21 September 1981

      Legal system English law

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II of the UK (since 6 February 1952), represented byGovernor General Sir Colville YOUNG (since 17 November 1993)
      head of government : Prime Minister Manuel ESQUIVEL (since July 1993); Deputy Prime MinisterDean BARROW (since NA July 1993)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the primeminister
      elections: none; the queen is a hereditary monarch; governor general appointedby the queen; prime minister appointed by the governor general

      Legislative branch bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate (8 members; membersare appointed for five-year terms, five on the advice of the prime minister, two on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and one after consultationwith the Belize Advisory Council - this council serves as an independent bodyto advise the governor general with respect to difficult decisions such asgranting pardons, commutations, stays of execution, the removal of justicesof appeal who appear to be incompetent, etc.) and the National Assembly (29seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: National Assembly - last held 30 June 1993 (next to be held no laterthan September 1998)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PUP 13, UDP 15, NABR1

      Judicial branch Supreme Court, the chief justice is appointed by the governor generalon advice of the prime minister

      Political parties and leaders People's United Party or PUP [Said MUSA]; United Democratic Party orUDP [Manuel ESQUIVEL, Dean BARROW]; National Alliance for Belizean Rightsor NABR [Philip GOLDSON]

      Political pressure groups and leaders Society for the Promotion of Education and Research or SPEAR [AssadSHOMAN]; United Workers Front

      International organization participation ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM,IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol,IOC, IOM (observer), ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO,UPU, WCL, WHO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador James S. MURPHY
      chancery: 2535 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 332-9636
      FAX : [1] (202) 332-6888
      consulate(s) general: Los Angeles
      consulate(s): New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador George Charles BRUNO
      embassy : Gabourel Lane and Hutson Street, Belize City
      mailing address: P. O. Box 286, Unit 7401, APO AA 34025
      telephone: [501] (2) 77161 through 77163
      FAX: [501] (2) 30802

      Flag description blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the bottom edges; centeredis a large white disk bearing the coat of arms; the coat of arms featuresa shield flanked by two workers in front of a mahogany tree with the related motto SUB UMBRA FLOREO (I Flourish in the Shade) on a scroll at the bottom,all encircled by a green garland

      NOTE: The information regarding Belize on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Belize Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Belize Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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