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Gibraltar


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Gibraltar

    • Digraph:
      GI

    • Type:
      dependent territory of the UK

    • Capital:
      Gilbraltar

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • Independence:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • National holiday:
      Commonwealth Day (second Monday of March)

    • Constitution:
      30 May 1969

    • Legal system:
      English law

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal, plus other UK subjects resident six months or more

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor and Commander in Chief Gen. Sir John CHAPPLE (since NA March 1993)

        head of government:
        Chief Minister Joe BOSSANO (since 25 March 1988)

        Gibraltar Council:
        advises the governor

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; appointed from the elected members of the Assembly by the governor in consultation with the chief minister

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        House of Assembly:
        elections last held on 16 January 1992 (next to be held January 1996); results - SL 73.3%; seats - (18 total, 15 elected) number of seats by party NA

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court, Court of Appeal

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Gibraltar Socialist Labor Party (SL), Joe BOSSANO; Gibraltar Labor Party/Association for the Advancement of Civil Rights (GCL/AACR), leader NA; Gibraltar Social Democrats, Peter CARUANA; Gibraltar National Party, Joe GARCIA

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Housewives Association; Chamber of Commerce; Gibraltar Representatives Organization

    • Member of:
      INTERPOL (subbureau)

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

    • US diplomatic representation:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • Flag:
      two horizontal bands of white (top, double width) and red with a three-towered red castle in the center of the white band; hanging from the castle gate is a gold key centered in the red band






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