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    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Government - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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


      Government type: parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth


      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 Sir Fredrick Nathaniel BALLANTYNE (since 2 September 2002)
      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
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
      head of government: Prime Minister Ralph E. GONSALVES (since 29 March 2001)


      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)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - ULP 12, NDP 3
      elections: last held 28 March 2001 (next to be held by March 2006)


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


      Political parties and leaders: National Reform Party or NRP [Joel MIGUEL]; New Democratic Party or NDP [Arnhim EUSTACE]; People's Progressive Movement or PPM [Ken BOYEA]; Progressive Labor Party or PLP [leader NA]; United People's Movement or UPM [Adrian SAUNDERS]; 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)


      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA


      International organization participation: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, 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 Ellsworth I. A. JOHN
      chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
      telephone: [1] (202) 364-6730
      FAX: [1] (202) 364-6736
      consulate(s) general: New York


      Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an embassy in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; the US Ambassador in Barbados is accredited to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


      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


      NOTE: The information regarding Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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