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    Puerto Rico Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form : Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
      conventional short form: Puerto Rico

      Data code RQ

      Dependency status commonwealth associated with the US

      Government type commonwealth

      National capital San Juan

      Administrative divisions none (commonwealth associated with the US); there are no first-orderadministrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 78 municipalities

      Independence none (commonwealth associated with the US)

      National holiday US Independence Day, 4 July (1776)

      Constitution ratified 3 March 1952; approved by US Congress 3 July 1952; effective25 July 1952

      Legal system based on Spanish civil code

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal; indigenous inhabitants are US citizens butdo not vote in US presidential elections

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President of the US William Jefferson CLINTON (since 20 January 1993);Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January 1993)
      head of government : Governor Pedro ROSSELLO (since 2 January 1993)
      cabinet: NA
      elections : governor of Puerto Rico elected by popular vote for a four-year term;election last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held NA November 2000)
      election results: Pedro ROSSELLO reelected governor of Puerto Rico; percent of vote -NA

      Legislative branch bicameral Legislative Assembly consists of the Senate (28 seats; membersare directly elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and the Houseof Representatives (54 seats; members are directly elected by popular voteto serve four-year terms)
      elections : Senate - last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000);House of Representatives - last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November2000)
      election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PNP 19, PPD8, PIP 1; House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seatsby party - PNP 37, PPD 16, PIP 1
      note: Puerto Rico elects one representative to the US House of Representatives;elections last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000); results- percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PNP 1 (Carlos Romero BARCELO)

      Judicial branch Supreme Court, justices appointed by the governor with the consent ofthe Senate; Superior Courts, justices appointed by the governor with the consentof the Senate; Municipal Courts, justices appointed by the governor with theconsent of the Senate

      Political parties and leaders National Republican Party of Puerto Rico, Luis FERRE; Popular DemocraticParty (PPD), Hector ACEVEDO; New Progressive Party (PNP), Pedro ROSSELLO;Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP), Ruben BERRIOS Martinez; Puerto RicanCommunist Party (PCP), leader(s) unknown

      Political pressure groups and leaders Armed Forces for National Liberation (FALN); Volunteers of the PuertoRican Revolution; Boricua Popular Army (also known as the Macheteros); ArmedForces of Popular Resistance

      International organization participation Caricom (observer), ECLAC (associate), FAO (associate), ICFTU, Interpol(subbureau), IOC, WCL, WFTU, WHO (associate), WToO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (commonwealth associated with the US)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (commonwealth associated with the US)

      Flag description five equal horizontal bands of red (top and bottom) alternating withwhite; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large whitefive-pointed star in the center; design based on the US flag

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

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