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Barbados


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Barbados

    • Digraph:
      BB

    • Type:
      parliamentary democracy

    • Capital:
      Bridgetown

    • Administrative divisions:
      11 parishes; Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip, Saint Thomas

        note:
        the new city of Bridgetown may be given parish status

    • Independence:
      30 November 1966 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 30 November (1966)

    • Constitution:
      30 November 1966

    • Legal system:
      English common law; no judicial review of legislative acts

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Dame Nita BARROW (since 6 June 1990)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Owen Seymour ARTHUR (since 6 September 1994); Deputy Prime Minister Billie MILLER (since 6 September 1994)

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

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament

        Senate:
        consists of a 21-member body appointed by the governor general

        House of Assembly:
        election last held 6 September 1994 (next to be held by January 1999); results - percentage vote by party NA; seats - (28 total) DLP 8, BLP 19, NDP 1

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court of Judicature

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Democratic Labor Party (DLP),David THOMPSON; Barbados Labor Party (BLP), Owen ARTHUR; National Democratic Party (NDP), Richard HAYNES

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Barbados Workers Union, Leroy TROTMAN; People's Progressive Movement, Eric SEALY; Workers' Party of Barbados, Dr. George BELLE; Clement Payne Labor Union, David COMMISSIONG

    • Member of:
      ACP, C, CARICOM, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, GATT, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Courtney BLACKMAN

        chancery:
        2144 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 939-9218, 9219

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 332-7467

        consulate(s) general:
        Miami and New York

        consulate(s):
        Los Angeles

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Jeanette W. HYDE

        embassy:
        Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Building, Broad Street, Bridgetown

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box 302, Bridgetown; FPO AA 34055

        telephone:
        [1] (809) 436-4950

        FAX:
        [1] (809) 429-5246

    • Flag:
      three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, and blue with the head of a black trident centered on the gold band; the trident head represents independence and a break with the past (the colonial coat of arms contained a complete trident)






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