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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    • Digraph:
      VC

    • Type:
      constitutional monarchy

    • 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 David JACK (since 29 September 1989)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister James F. MITCHELL (since 30 July 1984); Deputy Prime Minister Parnel CAMPBELL (since NA February 1994); note - governor general appoints leader of the majority party to position of prime minister

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        House of Assembly:
        elections last held 21 February 1994 (next to be held NA July 1999); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (21 total, 15 elected representatives and 6 appointed senators) NDP 12, ULP 3

    • Judicial branch:
      Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (based on Saint Lucia)

    • Political parties and leaders:
      New Democratic Party (NDP), James MITCHELL (son of Prime Minister James F. MITCHELL); United People's Movement (UPM), Adrian SAUNDERS; National Reform Party (NRP), Joel MIGUEL; Unity Labor Party (ULP),Vincent BEACHE - formed by the coalition of Saint Vincent Labor Party (SVLP) and the Movement for National Unity (MNU)

    • Member of:
      ACP, C, CARICOM, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, GATT, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFRCS, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), INTERPOL, IOC, ITU, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Kingsley C.A. LAYNE

        chancery:
        1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20036

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 462-7806, 7846

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 462-7807

    • US diplomatic representation:
      no official presence since the Ambassador resides in Bridgetown (Barbados)

    • Flag:
      three vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold (double width), and green; the gold band bears three green diamonds arranged in a V pattern






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