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    Bermuda Government - 1991

      Long-form name: none

      Type: dependent territory of the UK

      Capital: Hamilton

      Administrative divisions: 9 parishes and 2 municipalities*; Devonshire, Hamilton, Hamilton*, Paget, Pembroke, Saint George*, Saint George's, Sandys, Smiths, Southampton, Warwick

      Independence: none (dependent territory of the UK)

      Constitution: 8 June 1968

      Legal system: English law

      National holiday: Bermuda Day, 22 May

      Executive branch: British monarch, governor, deputy governor, premier, deputy premier, Executive Council (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of an upper house or Senate and a lower house or House of Assembly

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Leaders: Chief of State--Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Sir Desmond LANGLEY (since NA October 1988); Head of Government--Premier John William David SWAN (since NA January 1982)

      Political parties and leaders: United Bermuda Party (UBP), John W. D. SWAN; Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Frederick WADE; National Liberal Party (NLP), Gilbert DARRELL

      Suffrage: universal at age 21

      Elections: House of Assembly--last held 9 February 1989 (next to be held by February 1994); results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(40 total) UBP 23, PLP 15, NLP 1, other 1

      Communists: negligible

      Other political or pressure groups: Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU), headed by Ottiwell SIMMONS

      Member of: CARICOM (observer), ICFTU, IOC

      Diplomatic representation: as a dependent territory of the UK, Bermuda's interests in the US are represented by the UK; US--Consul General L. Ebersole GAINES; Consulate General at Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire, Hamilton (mailing address is P. O. Box HM325, Hamilton HMBX, or FPO New York 09560-5300); telephone (809) 295-1342

      Flag: red with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Bermudian coat of arms (white and blue shield with a red lion holding a scrolled shield showing the sinking of the ship Sea Venture off Bermuda in 1609) centered on the outer half of the flag

      NOTE: The information regarding Bermuda on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bermuda Government 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bermuda Government 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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