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Virgin Islands Government 1996

    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Virgin Islands of the United States

        conventional short form:
        Virgin Islands

    • Digraph:

    • Type:
      organized, unincorporated territory of the US administered by the Office of Territorial and International Affairs, US Department of the Interior

    • Capital:
      Charlotte Amalie

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (territory of the US)

    • National holiday:
      Transfer Day, 31 March (1917) (from Denmark to US)

    • Constitution:
      Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954

    • Legal system:
      based on US

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal; note - indigenous inhabitants are US citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        President William Jefferson CLINTON (since 20 January 1993); Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January 1993)

        head of government:
        Governor Dr. Roy L. SCHNEIDER (since 5 January 1995); Lieutenant Governor Kenneth E. MAPP (since 5 January 1995); election last held 22 November 1994 (next to be held NA November 1998); results - Dr. Roy L. SCHNEIDER (Independent) 54.7%, former Lieutenant Governor Derek HODGE 42.6%

    • Legislative branch:

        elections last held 8 November 1994 (next to be held 5 November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (15 total) Democrats 7, Independents 7, Republican 1

        US House of Representatives:
        elections last held 8 November 1994 (next to be held 5 November 1996); results - Victor O. FRAZER (Independent) 54.5%, Eileen R. PETERSON (Democrat) 45.5%; seats - (1 total) Independent 1; note - the Virgin Islands elects one representative to the US House of Representatives

    • Judicial branch:

        US District Court:
        handles civil matters over $50,000, felonies (persons 15 years of age and over), and federal cases

        Territorial Court:
        handles civil matters up to $50,000, small claims, juvenile, domestic, misdemeanors, and traffic cases

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Democratic Party, Marilyn STAPLETON; Independent Citizens' Movement (ICM), Virdin C. BROWN; Republican Party, Charlotte-Poole DAVIS

    • Member of:
      ECLAC (associate), IOC

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

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

    • Flag:
      white with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and three arrows in the other with a superimposed shield of vertical red and white stripes below a blue panel

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