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    Maldives Government - 1990

      Long-form name: Republic of Maldives

      Type: republic

      Capital: Male

      Administrative divisions: 19 district (atolls); Aliff, Baa, Daalu, Faafu, Gaafu Aliff, Gaafu Daalu, Haa Aliff, Haa Daalu, Kaafu, Laamu, Laviyani, Meemu, Naviyani, Noonu, Raa, Seenu, Shaviyani, Thaa, Waavu

      Independence: 26 July 1965 (from UK)

      Constitution: 4 June 1964

      Legal system: based on Islamic law with admixtures of English common law primarily in commercial matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      National holiday: Independence Day, 26 July (1965)

      Executive branch: president, Cabinet

      Legislative branch: unicameral Citizens' Council (Majlis)

      Judicial branch: High Court

      Leaders: Chief of State and Head of Government--President Maumoon Abdul GAYOOM (since since 11 November 1978)

      Political parties and leaders: no organized political parties; country governed by the Didi clan for the past eight centuries

      Suffrage: universal at age 21

      Elections: President--last held 23 September 1988 (next to be held September 1994); results--President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom reelected; Citizens' Council--last held on 7 December 1984 (next to be held 7 December 1989); results--percent of vote NA; seats--(48 total, 40 elected)

      Communists: negligible

      Member of: ADB, Colombo Plan, Commonwealth (special member), ESCAP, FAO, G-77, GATT (de facto), IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IDB--Islamic Development Bank, IFAD, IFC, IMF, IMO, ITU, NAM, OIC, SAARC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: Maldives does not maintain an embassy in the US, but does have a UN mission in New York; US--the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka is accredited to Maldives and makes periodic visits there; US Consular Agency, Mahduedurage, Violet Magu, Henveru, Male; telephone 2581

      Flag: red with a large green rectangle in the center bearing a vertical white crescent; the closed side of the crescent is on the hoist side of the flag

      NOTE: The information regarding Maldives on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Maldives Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Maldives Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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