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    British Virgin Islands Government - 2006

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: British Virgin Islands
      abbreviation: BVI

      Dependency status:
      overseas territory of the UK; internal self-governing

      Government type:

      Road Town

      Administrative divisions:
      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday:
      Territory Day, 1 July

      1 June 1977, amended in 2000

      Legal system:
      English law

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor David PEAREY (since 18 April 2006)
      head of government: Chief Minister Dr. Orlando D. SMITH (since 17 June 2003)
      cabinet: Executive Council appointed by the governor from members of the Legislative Council
      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 chief minister by the governor

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Legislative Council (13 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote, 1 member from each of nine electoral districts, 4 at-large members; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 16 May 2003 (next to be held in 2007)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - NDP 8, VIP 5

      Judicial branch:
      Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, consisting of the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal (one judge of the Supreme Court is a resident of the islands and presides over the High Court); Magistrate's Court; Juvenile Court; Court of Summary Jurisdiction

      Political parties and leaders:
      Concerned Citizens Movement or CCM [Ethlyn SMITH]; National Democratic Party or NDP [Orlando SMITH]; United Party or UP [Gregory MADURO]; Virgin Islands Party or VIP [Ralph T. O'NEAL]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, OECS (associate), UNESCO (associate), UPU

      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 Virgin Islander coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms depicts a woman flanked on either side by a vertical column of six oil lamps above a scroll bearing the Latin word VIGILATE (Be Watchful)

      NOTE: The information regarding British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Islands Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about British Virgin Islands Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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