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    St. Kitts and Nevis Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

      Type: independent state within Commonwealth, recognizing Elizabeth II as Chief of State

      Capital: Basseterre

      Administrative divisions: 14 parishs; Christ Church Nichola Town, Saint Anne Sandy Point, Saint George Basseterre, Saint George Gingerland, Saint James Windward, Saint John Capisterre, Saint John Figtree, Saint Mary Cayon, Saint Paul Capisterre, Saint Paul Charlestown, Saint Peter Basseterre, Saint Thomas Lowland, Saint Thomas Middle Island, Trinity Palmetto Point

      Independence: 19 September 1983 (from UK)

      Constitution: 19 September 1983

      Legal system: based on English common law; highest judicial organ is Court of Appeal of Leeward and Windward Islands

      National holiday: Independence Day, 19 September (1983)

      Branches: executive--Cabinet headed by prime minister; legislative--11-member popularly elected House of Assembly; separate Nevis Island Legislature and Nevis Island Assembly headed by premier

      Leaders: Sir Clement ARRINDELL, Governor General (since 1981); Dr. Kennedy Alphonse SIMMONDS, Prime Minister (since 1980)

      Suffrage: universal adult

      Elections: at least every five years; last election held 21 March 1989

      Political parties and leaders: People's Action Movement (PAM), Kennedy Simmonds; St. Kitts and Nevis Labor Party (SKNLP), Lee Moore; Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), Simeon Daniel; Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), Vance Amory

      Voting strength: 21 March 1989 House of Assembly election--PAM 6 seats, SKNLP 2 seats, NRP 2 seats, CCM 1 seat

      Communists: none known

      Member of: CARICOM, Commonwealth, FAO, IBRD, IMF, ISO, OAS, OECS, UN

      Diplomatic representation: Minister-Counselor (Deputy Chief of Mission), Charge d'Affaires ad interim Erstein M. EDWARDS; Chancery at Suite 540, 2501 M Street NW, Washington DC 20037; telephone (202) 833-3550; US--none

      Flag: divided diagonally from the lower hoist side by a broad black band bearing two white five-pointed stars; the black band is edged in yellow; the upper triangle is green, the lower triangle is red

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

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