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    Barbados Government - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name: conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Barbados


      Government type: parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth


      Capital: Bridgetown


      Administrative divisions: 11 parishes; Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip, Saint Thomas; note - the city of Bridgetown may be given parish status


      Independence: 30 November 1966 (from UK)


      National holiday: Independence Day, 30 November (1966)


      Constitution: 30 November 1966


      Legal system: English common law; no judicial review of legislative acts


      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal


      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Sir Clifford Straughn HUSBANDS (since 1 June 1996)
      head of government: Prime Minister Owen Seymour ARTHUR (since 6 September 1994); Deputy Prime Minister Mia MOTTLEY (since 26 May 2003)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; the prime minister recommends the deputy prime minister


      Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (21-member body appointed by the governor general) and the House of Assembly (30 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: House of Assembly - last held 21 May 2003 (next to be held by May 2008)
      election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - BLP 23, DLP 7


      Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Judicature (judges are appointed by the Service Commissions for the Judicial and Legal Services)


      Political parties and leaders: Barbados Labor Party or BLP [Owen ARTHUR]; Democratic Labor Party or DLP [Clyde Mascoll]


      Political pressure groups and leaders: Barbados Workers Union [Leroy TROTMAN]; Clement Payne Labor Union [David COMMISSIONG]; People's Progressive Movement [Eric SEALY]; Worker's Party of Barbados [Dr. George BELLE]


      International organization participation: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO


      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Michael Ian KING
      consulate(s): Los Angeles
      consulate(s) general: Miami and New York
      FAX: [1] (202) 332-7467
      telephone: [1] (202) 939-9200
      chancery: 2144 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008


      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Earl N. PHILLIPS, Jr.
      embassy: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Building, Broad Street, Bridgetown; (courier) ALICO Building-Cheapside, Bridgetown
      mailing address: P. O. Box 302, Bridgetown; CMR 1014, APO AA 34055
      telephone: [1] (246) 436-4950
      FAX: [1] (246) 429-5246


      Flag description: three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold, and blue with the head of a black trident centered on the gold band; the trident head represents independence and a break with the past (the colonial coat of arms contained a complete trident)


      NOTE: The information regarding Barbados on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Barbados Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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