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    Virgin Islands Government - 1990

      Long-form name: Virgin Islands of the United States

      Type: organized, unincorporated territory of the US administered by the Office of Territorial and International Affairs, US Department of the Interior

      Capital: Charlotte Amalie

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US)

      Independence: none (territory of the US)

      Constitution: Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954 serves as the constitution

      Legal system: based on US

      National holiday: Transfer Day (from Denmark to US), 31 March (1917)

      Executive branch: US president, governor, lieutenant governor

      Legislative branch: unicameral Senate

      Judicial branch: US District Court handles civil matters over $50,000, felonies (persons 15 years of age and over), and federal cases; Territorial Court handles civil matters up to $50,000 small claims, juvenile, domestic, misdemeanors, and traffic cases

      Leaders: Chief of State and Head of Government--President George BUSH (since 20 January 1989), represented by Governor Alexander FARRELLY (since 5 January 1987); Lieutenant Governor Derek HODGE (since 5 January 1987)

      Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party, Marilyn Stapleton; Independent Citizens' Movement (ICM), Virdin Brown; Republican Party, Charlotte-Poole Davis

      Suffrage: universal at age 18; indigenous inhabitants are US citizens, but do not vote in US presidential elections

      Elections: Governor--last held NA 1986 (next to be held NA 1990); results--Alexander Farrelly (Democratic Party) defeated Adelbert Bryan (ICM); Senate--last held 8 November 1988 (next to be held NA); results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(15 total) number of seats by party NA; US House of Representatives--last held 8 November 1988 (next to be held 6 November 1990); results--the Virgin Islands elects one nonvoting representative

      Diplomatic representation: none (territory of the US)

      Flag: white with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and three arrows in the other with a superimposed shield of vertical red and white stripes below a blue panel

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

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