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Antigua and Barbuda


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Antigua and Barbuda

    • Digraph:
      AC

    • Type:
      parliamentary democracy

    • Capital:
      Saint John's

    • Administrative divisions:
      6 parishes and 2 dependencies*; Barbuda*, Redonda*, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Mary, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Saint Philip

    • Independence:
      1 November 1981 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 1 November (1981)

    • Constitution:
      1 November 1981

    • 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 James B. CARLISLE (since NA 1993)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Lester Bryant BIRD (since 8 March 1994)

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

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament

        Senate:
        17 member body appointed by the governor general

        House of Representatives:
        elections last held 8 March 1994 (next to be held NA 1999); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (17 total) ALP 11, UPP 5, independent 1

    • Judicial branch:
      Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Antigua Labor Party (ALP), Lester Bryant BIRD; United Progressive Party (UPP), Baldwin SPENCER

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      United Progressive Party (UPP), headed by Baldwin SPENCER, a coalition of three opposition political parties - the United National Democratic Party (UNDP); the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement (ACLM); and the Progressive Labor Movement (PLM); Antigua Trades and Labor Union (ATLU), headed by William ROBINSON

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

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Patrick Albert LEWIS

        chancery:
        3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 362-5211, 5166, 5122

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 362-5225

        consulate(s) general:
        Miami

    • US diplomatic representation:
      the post was closed 30 June 1994; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Antigua and Barbuda

    • Flag:
      red with an inverted isosceles triangle based on the top edge of the flag; the triangle contains three horizontal bands of black (top), light blue, and white with a yellow rising sun in the black band






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