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    Bermuda Government - 2006

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Bermuda
      former: Somers Islands

      Dependency status:
      overseas territory of the UK

      Government type:
      parliamentary British overseas territory with internal self-government


      Administrative divisions:
      9 parishes and 2 municipalities*; Devonshire, Hamilton, Hamilton*, Paget, Pembroke, Saint George*, Saint George's, Sandys, Smith's, Southampton, Warwick

      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday:
      Bermuda Day, 24 May

      8 June 1968; amended 1989 and 2003

      Legal system:
      English law

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Sir John VEREKER (since 11 April 2002)
      head of government: Premier William Alexander SCOTT (since 24 July 2003); Deputy Premier Ewart BROWN
      cabinet: Cabinet nominated by the premier, appointed by the governor
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed premier by the governor

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (an 11-member body appointed by the governor, the premier, and the opposition) and the House of Assembly (36 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve up to five-year terms)
      elections: last general election held 24 July 2003 (next to be held not later than July 2008)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PLP 51.7%, UBP 48%; seats by party - PLP 22, UBP 14

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court; Court of Appeal; Magistrate Courts

      Political parties and leaders:
      Progressive Labor Party or PLP [William Alexander SCOTT]; United Bermuda Party or UBP [Wayne FURBERT]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Bermuda Employer's Union [Eddie SAINTS]; Bermuda Industrial Union or BIU [Derrick BURGESS]; Bermuda Public Services Union or BPSU [Ed BALL]; Bermuda Union of Teachers [Michael CHARLES]

      International organization participation:
      Caricom (associate), ICFTU, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UPU, WCO

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

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Consul General Gregory W. SLAYTON
      consulate(s) general: Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire DVO3
      mailing address: P. O. Box HM325, Hamilton HMBX; American Consulate General Hamilton, Department of State, 5300 Hamilton Place, Washington, DC 20520-5300
      telephone: [1] (441) 295-1342
      FAX: [1] (441) 295-1592, [1] (441) 296-9233

      Flag description:
      red, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Bermudian coat of arms (white and green shield with a red lion holding a scrolled shield showing the sinking of the ship Sea Venture off Bermuda in 1609) centered on the outer half of the flag

      NOTE: The information regarding Bermuda on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bermuda Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bermuda Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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