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    Cuba Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Republic of Cuba

      Type: Communist state

      Capital: Havana

      Administrative divisions: 13 provinces (provincias, singular--provincia), 1 city** (ciudad), and 1 municipality* (municipio); Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Granma, Guantanamo, La Habana**, La Habana, Holguin, Isla de la Juventud*, Las Tunas, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus, Santiago de Cuba, Villa Clara

      Independence: 20 May 1902 (from Spain)

      Constitution: 24 February 1976

      Legal system: based on Spanish and American law, with large elements of Communist legal theory; does not accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      National holiday: Revolution Day, 1 January (1959)

      Branches: executive; legislature (National Assembly of the People's Power); controlled judiciary

      Leader: @m5Chief of State and Head of Government--President Fidel CASTRO Ruz (since 1 January 1959)

      Suffrage: universal but not compulsory over age 16

      Elections: National Assembly of the People's Power (indirect election) every five years; last election held December 1986

      Political parties and leaders: Cuban Communist Party (PCC), First Secretary Fidel Castro Ruz, Second Secretary Raul Castro Ruz

      Communists: about 500,000 party members

      Member of: CEMA, ECLA, FAO, G-77, GATT, GEPLACEA--Latin America and Caribbean Sugar Exporters Organization, IADB (nonparticipant), IAEA, ICAO, IFAD, ICO, IHO, ILO, IMO, IRC, ISO, ITU, IWC--International Wheat Council, NAM, OAS (nonparticipant), PAHO, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Postal Union of the Americas and Spain, SELA, UN, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WSG, WTO

      Diplomatic representation: none; protecting power in the US is Czechoslovakia--Cuban Interests Section; Counselor Ramon SANCHEZ-PARODI; 2630 and 2639 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20009; telephone (202) 797-8518 or 8519, 8520, 8609, 8610; US--protecting power in Cuba is Switzerland--US Interests Section; Principal Officer John J. TAYLOR; Calzada entre L y M, Vedado Seccion, Havana; telephone 320551 or 320543

      Flag: five equal horizontal bands of blue (top and bottom) alternating with white; a red equilateral triangle based on the hoist side bears a white five-pointed star in the center

      NOTE: The information regarding Cuba on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cuba Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cuba Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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