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    Singapore Government 2000

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Singapore
      conventional short form: Singapore

      Data code: SN

      Government type: parliamentary republic

      Capital: Singapore

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 9 August 1965 (from Malaysia)

      National holiday: National Day, 9 August (1965)

      Constitution: 3 June 1959, amended 1965 (based on preindependence State of Singapore Constitution)

      Legal system: based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal and compulsory

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Sellapan Rama (S. R.) NATHAN (since 1 September 1999)
      head of government: Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong (since 28 November 1990) and Deputy Prime Ministers LEE Hsien Loong (since 28 November 1990) and Tony TAN Keng Yam (since 1 August 1995)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president, responsible to Parliament
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a six-year term; election last held 28 August 1999 (next to be held NA August 2005); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the president; deputy prime ministers appointed by the president
      election results: Sellapan Rama (S. R.) NATHAN elected president unopposed

      Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament (83 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 2 January 1997 (next to be held by 2002)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PAP 65% (in contested constituencies), other 35%; seats by party - PAP 81, WP 1, SPP 1; note - subsequent to the election, there was a change in the distribution of seats, the new distribution is as follows: PAP 80, WP 1, SPP 1, vacant 1

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court, chief justice is appointed by the president with the advice of the prime minister, other judges are appointed by the president with the advice of the chief justice; Court of Appeals

      Political parties and leaders: National Solidarity Party or NSP [C. K. TAN]; People's Action Party or PAP [GOH Chok Tong, secretary general] - the governing party; Singapore Democratic Party or SDP [CHEE Soon Juan]; Singapore People's Party or SPP [CHIAM See Tong]; Workers' Party or WP [J. B. JEYARETNAM and LOW Thia Khiang]

      International organization participation: APEC, AsDB, ASEAN, Australia Group (observer), BIS, C, CCC, CP, ESCAP, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, NAM, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNIKOM, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador CHAN Heng Chee
      chancery: 3501 International Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 537-3100
      FAX: [1] (202) 537-0876
      consulate(s): New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Steven J. GREEN
      embassy: 27 Napier Road, Singapore 258508
      mailing address: FPO AP 96507
      telephone: [65] 476-9100
      FAX: [65] 476-9340

      Flag description: two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; near the hoist side of the red band, there is a vertical, white crescent (closed portion is toward the hoist side) partially enclosing five white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle

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