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    Saint Helena Government 2000

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Saint Helena

      Data code: SH

      Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK

      Government type: NA

      Capital: Jamestown

      Administrative divisions: 1 administrative area and 2 dependencies*; Ascension*, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha*

      Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday: Celebration of the Birthday of the Queen (second Saturday in June)

      Constitution: 1 January 1989

      Legal system: NA

      Suffrage: NA years of age

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
      head of government: Governor and Commander in Chief David HOLLAMBY (since NA June 1999)
      cabinet: Executive Council consists of the governor, two ex officio officers, and six elected members of the Legislative Council
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor is appointed by the monarch

      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Council (15 seats, including the speaker, 3 ex officio and 12 elected members; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 9 July 1997 (next to be held NA July 2001)
      election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 15

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders: none

      International organization participation: ICFTU

      Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Flag description: blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Saint Helenian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield features a rocky coastline and three-masted sailing ship

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