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    Guadeloupe Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Department of Guadeloupe

      Type: overseas department of France

      Capital: Basse-Terre

      Administrative divisions: none (overseas department of France)

      Independence: none (overseas department of France)

      Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

      Legal system: French legal system; highest local court is a court of appeal based in Martinique with jurisdiction over Guadeloupe, French Guiana, and Martinique

      National holiday: Taking of the Bastille, 14 July (1789)

      Branches: executive--prefect appointed by Paris; legislative--popularly elected General Council of 36 members and a Regional Council composed of members of the local General Council and the locally elected deputies and senators to the French parliament; judicial--under jurisdiction of French judicial system

      Leader: @m5Chief of State--President Francois Maurice MITTERRAND (since 21 May 1981); @m5Head of Government--Commissioner of the Republic Bernard SARAZIN (since NA 1987)

      Suffrage: universal over age 18

      Elections: General Council election is normally held every three years to reelect half of the councilors; last election held in October 1988; regional assembly election held in March 1986; legislative election held in June 1988

      Political parties and leaders: Rally for the Republic (RPR), Gabriel Lisette; Communist Party of Guadeloupe (PCG), Henri Bangou and Guy Daninthe; Socialist Party (PSG), Dominique Larifla; Progressive Party of Guadeloupe (PPG), Henri Rodes; Independent Republicans; Union for French Democracy (UDF); Union for a New Majority (UNM)

      Voting strength: French National Assembly--PS 2 seats, RPR 1 seat, PCG 1 seat

      Communists: 3,000 est.

      Other political or pressure groups: Popular Union for the Liberation of Guadeloupe (UPLG), Caribbean Revolutionary Alliance (ARC), Popular Movement for Independent Guadeloupe (MPGI), Union for the Liberation of Guadeloupe (UPLG), General Union of Guadeloupe Workers (UGTG), General Federation of Guadeloupe Workers (CGT-G), Christian Movement for the Liberation of Guadeloupe (KLPG)

      Member of: WFTU

      Diplomatic representation: as an overseas department of France, Guadeloupe interests are represented in the US by France

      Flag: the flag of France is used

      NOTE: The information regarding Guadeloupe 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 Guadeloupe Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Guadeloupe Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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