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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    Data code: VC

    Government type: constitutional monarchy

    Capital: Kingstown

    Administrative divisions: 6 parishes; Charlotte, Grenadines, Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint Patrick

    Independence: 27 October 1979 (from UK)

    National holiday: Independence Day, 27 October (1979)

    Constitution: 27 October 1979

    Legal system: based on English common law

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General David JACK (since NA)
    head of government: Prime Minister James F. MITCHELL (since 30 July 1984)
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
    elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor general is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister

    Legislative branch: unicameral House of Assembly (21 seats, 15 elected representatives and 6 appointed senators; representatives are elected by popular vote from single-member constituencies to serve five-year terms)
    elections: last held 15 June 1998 (next to be held by NA May 2003)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—NDP 8, ULP 7

    Judicial branch: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (based on Saint Lucia); one judge of the Supreme Court resides in Saint Vincent

    Political parties and leaders: New Democratic Party or NDP [James F. MITCHELL]; United People's Movement or UPM [Adrian SAUNDERS]; National Reform Party or NRP [Joel MIGUEL]; Unity Labor Party or ULP [Ralph GONSALVES] (formed by the coalition of Saint Vincent Labor Party or SVLP and the Movement for National Unity or MNU)

    International organization participation: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ITU, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WTrO

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Kingsley C. A. LAYNE
    chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
    telephone: [1] (202) 364-6730
    FAX: [1] (202) 364-6736

    Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an embassy in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; the Ambassador to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines resides in Bridgetown (Barbados)

    Flag description: three vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold (double width), and green; the gold band bears three green diamonds arranged in a V pattern

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