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Saint Lucia


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Saint Lucia

    • Digraph:
      ST

    • Type:
      parliamentary democracy

    • Capital:
      Castries

    • Administrative divisions:
      11 quarters; Anse La Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufriere, Vieux Fort

    • Independence:
      22 February 1979 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 22 February (1979)

    • Constitution:
      22 February 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 Sir Stanislaus Anthony JAMES (since 10 October 1988)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister John George Melvin COMPTON (since 3 May 1982)

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

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament

        Senate:
        consists of an 11-member body, 6 appointed on the advice of the prime minister, 3 on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and 2 after consultation with religious, economic, and social groups

        House of Assembly:
        elections last held 27 April 1992 (next to be held by April 1997); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (17 total) UWP 11, SLP 6

    • Judicial branch:
      Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      United Workers' Party (UWP), John COMPTON; Saint Lucia Labor Party (SLP), Julian HUNTE; Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Jon ODLUM

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

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Dr. Joseph Edsel EDMUNDS

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

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 364-6792 through 6795

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 364-6728

        consulate(s) general:
        New York

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

    • Flag:
      blue with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border






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