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The Bahamas


    • Names:

        conventional long form:

        conventional short form:
        The Bahamas

    • Digraph:
      BF

    • Type:
      commonwealth

    • Capital:
      Nassau

    • Administrative divisions:
      21 districts; Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Exuma, Freeport, Fresh Creek, Governor's Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Harbour Island, High Rock, Inagua, Kemps Bay, Long Island, Marsh Harbour, Mayaguana, New Providence, Nicholls Town and Berry Islands, Ragged Island, Rock Sound, Sandy Point, San Salvador and Rum Cay

    • Independence:
      10 July 1973 (from UK)

    • National holiday:
      National Day, 10 July (1973)

    • Constitution:
      10 July 1973

    • 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 Clifford DARLING (since 2 January 1992)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister Hubert A. INGRAHAM (since 19 August 1992)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the governor on the prime minister's recommendation

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament

        Senate:
        a 16-member body appointed by the governor general

        House of Assembly:
        elections last held 19 August 1992 (next to be held by August 1997); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (49 total) FNM 32, PLP 17

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Sir Lynden O. PINDLING; Free National Movement (FNM), Hubert Alexander INGRAHAM;

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

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Timothy Baswell DONALDSON

        chancery:
        2220 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 319-2660

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 319-2668

        consulate(s) general:
        Miami and New York

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Sidney WILLIAMS

        embassy:
        Mosmar Building, Queen Street, Nassau

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box N-8197, Nassau

        telephone:
        [1] (809) 322-1181, 328-2206

        FAX:
        [1] (809) 328-7838

    • Flag:
      three equal horizontal bands of aquamarine (top), gold, and aquamarine with a black equilateral triangle based on the hoist side






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