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Gibraltar (overseas territory of the UK) Government

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

    Data code: GI

    Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Gibraltar

    Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)

    Independence: none (overseas 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 who have been residents six months or more

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor and Commander-in-Chief, the Right Honorable Sir Richard LUCE (since 24 February 1997)
    head of government: Chief Minister Peter CARUANA (since 17 May 1996)
    cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed from among the elected members of the House 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 monarch is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; chief minister appointed by the governor

    Legislative branch: unicameral House of Assembly (18 seats—15 elected, on for the Speaker, and two ex officio; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 16 May 1996 (next to be held NA May 2000)
    election results: percent of vote by party—SD 53%, SL 42%, NP 3%; seats by party—SD 8, SL 7

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Court of Appeal

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

    Political pressure groups and leaders: Housewives Association; Chamber of Commerce; Gibraltar Representatives Organization

    International organization participation: 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: two horizontal bands of white (top, double width) and red with a three-towered red castle in the center of the white band; hanging from the castle gate is a gold key centered in the red band

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