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    Gibraltar Government 1997

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

      Data code GI

      Dependency status dependent territory of the UK

      Government type NA

      National capital Gibraltar

      Administrative divisions none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Independence none (dependent territory of the UK)

      National holiday Commonwealth Day (second Monday of March)

      Constitution 30 May 1969

      Legal system English law

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal, plus other UK subjects resident six monthsor more

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II of the UK (since 6 February 1952), represented byGovernor Admiral Sir Richard LUCE (NA February 1997)
      head of government: Chief Minister Peter CARUANA (since 17 May 1996)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed from among the elected members of theHouse of Assembly by the governor in consultation with the chief minister
      note: there is also a Gibraltar Council that advises the governor
      elections: none; the queen is a hereditary monarch; governor appointed by the queen;chief minister appointed by the governor

      Legislative branch unicameral House of Assembly (18 seats, 15 elected; members are electedby popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 16 May 1996 (next to be held NA 2000)
      election results : percent of vote by party - SD 53%, SL 42%, NP 3%; seats by party - SD8, SL 7

      Judicial branch Supreme Court; Court of Appeal

      Political parties and leaders Gibraltar Socialist Labor Party or SL [Joe BOSSANO]; Gibraltar LaborParty/Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights or GCL/AACR [Adolfo CANEPA]; Gibraltar Social Democrats or SD [Peter CARUANA]; Gibraltar NationalParty or NP [Joe GARCIA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders Housewives Association; Chamber of Commerce; Gibraltar RepresentativesOrganization

      International organization participation Interpol (subbureau)

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Flag description two horizontal bands of white (top, double width) and red with a three-toweredred castle in the center of the white band; hanging from the castle gate isa gold key centered in the red band

      NOTE: The information regarding Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Gibraltar Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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