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    The Bahamas Government - 1989

      Long-form name: The Commonwealth of The Bahamas

      Type: independent commonwealth recognizing Elizabeth II as Chief of State

      Capital: Nassau

      Administrative divisions: 21 districts; Abaco, Acklins Island, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Biminis, Cat Island, Cay Lobos, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Long Island, Mayaguana, New Providence, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Spanish Wells

      Independence: 10 July 1973 (from UK)

      Constitution: 10 July 1973

      Legal system: based on English common law

      National holiday: Independence Day, 10 July (1973)

      Branches: bicameral legislature (Parliament--16-member appointed Senate, 49-member elected House of Assembly); executive (prime minister and Cabinet); judiciary

      Leaders: @m5Chief of State--Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Acting Governor General Sir Henry TAYLOR (since NA June 1988); @m5Head of Government--Prime Minister Sir Lynden Oscar PINDLING (since 16 January 1967)

      Suffrage: universal over age 18

      Elections: House of Assembly (June 1987); next election constitutionally due in five years

      Political parties and leaders: Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Sir Lynden O. Pindling; Free National Movement (FNM), Cecil Wallace-Whitfield

      Voting strength: (July 1987 election) House of Assembly--PLP 31 seats, FNM 16 seats, Independents 2 seats; 100,215 registered voters, with 90,301 voting

      Communists: none known

      Other political or pressure groups: Vanguard Nationalist and Socialist Party (VNSP), a small leftist party headed by Lionel Carey; Trade Union Congress (TUC), headed by Arlington Miller

      Member of: CARICOM, CCC, CDB, Commonwealth, FAO, G-77, GATT (de facto), IBRD, ICAO, IDB--Inter-American Development Bank, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, ITU, NAM, OAS, PAHO, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Margaret E. MCDONALD; Chancery at Suite 865, 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington DC 20037; telephone (202) 944-3390; there are Bahamian Consulates General in Miami and New York; US--Ambassador Carol Boyd HALLETT; Embassy at Mosmar Building, Queen Street, Nassau (mailing address is P. O. Box N-8197, Nassau); telephone (809) 322-1181 or 328-2206

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

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

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