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Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Colony of the Falkland Islands

        conventional short form:
        Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    • Digraph:

    • Type:
      dependent territory of the UK

    • Capital:

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

    • Independence:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • National holiday:
      Liberation Day, 14 June (1982)

    • Constitution:
      3 October 1985

    • Legal system:
      English common law

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)

        head of government:
        Governor David Everard TATHAM (since August 1992)

        Executive Council; 3 members elected by the Legislative Council, 2 ex-officio members (chief executive and the financial secretary), and the governor

    • Legislative branch:

        Legislative Council:
        elections last held 11 October 1989 (next to be held October 1994); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (10 total, 8 elected) independents 8

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:

    • Member of:

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

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

    • Flag:
      blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Falkland Island coat of arms in a white disk centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms contains a white ram (sheep raising is the major economic activity) above the sailing ship Desire (whose crew discovered the islands) with a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto DESIRE THE RIGHT

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