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    British Indian Ocean Territory Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: British Indian Ocean Territory
      conventional short form: none
      abbreviation: BIOT

      Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK; administered by a commissioner, resident in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London

      Legal system: the laws of the UK, where applicable, apply

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
      head of government: Commissioner Alan HUCKLE (since 2001); Administrator Louise SAVILL (since NA); note - both reside in the UK
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; commissioner and administrator appointed by the monarch
      cabinet: NA

      Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Flag description: white with six blue wavy horizontal stripes; the flag of the UK is in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the striped section bears a palm tree and yellow crown centered on the outer half of the flag

      NOTE: The information regarding British Indian Ocean Territory 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 British Indian Ocean Territory Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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