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    Turks and Caicos Islands Government - 1990

      Long-form name: none

      Type: dependent territory of the UK

      Capital: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)

      Administrative divisions: none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Independence: none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Constitution: introduced 30 August 1976, suspended in 1986, and a Constitutional Commission is currently reviewing its contents

      Legal system: based on laws of England and Wales with a small number adopted from Jamaica and The Bahamas

      National holiday: Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

      Executive branch: British monarch, governor, Executive Council

      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Council

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Leaders: Chief of State--Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1953), represented by Governor Michael J. BRADLEY (since 1987); Head of Government--Chief Minister Oswald O. SKIPPINGS (since 3 March 1988)

      Political parties and leaders: People's Democratic Movement (PDM), Oswald Skippings; Progressive National Party (PNP), Dan Malcolm and Norman Saunders; National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Ariel Missick

      Suffrage: universal at age 18

      Elections: Legislative Council--last held on 3 March 1988 (next to be held NA); results--PDM 60%, PNP 30%, others 10%; seats--(20 total, 13 elected) PDM 11, PNP 2

      Communists: none

      Diplomatic representation: as a dependent territory of the UK, the interests of the Turks and Caicos Islands are represented in the US by the UK; US--none

      Flag: blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the colonial shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield is yellow and contains a conch shell, lobster, and cactus

      NOTE: The information regarding Turks and Caicos Islands 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 Turks and Caicos Islands Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Turks and Caicos Islands Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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