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    Cayman Islands Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Cayman Islands

      Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK

      Government type: British crown colony

      Capital: George Town

      Administrative divisions: 8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western

      Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday: Constitution Day, first Monday in July

      Constitution: 1959, revised 1972 and 1992

      Legal system: British common law and local statutes

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); Governor Bruce DINWIDDY (since 29 May 2002)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor is appointed by the monarch; the chief secretary is appointed by the governor
      head of government: Chief Secretary W. McKeeva BUSH (since NA December 2001)
      cabinet: Executive Council (three members appointed by the governor, four members elected by the Legislative Assembly)

      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (18 seats, three appointed members from the Executive Council and 15 elected by popular vote; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 8 November 2000 (next to be held NA November 2004)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - NA

      Judicial branch: Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

      Political parties and leaders: there are no formal political parties but the following loose groupings act as political organizations; National Team [leader NA]; Democratic Alliance [leader NA]; Team Cayman [leader NA]; United Democratic Party [leader NA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate)

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

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

      Flag description: blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Caymanian coat of arms on a white disk centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms includes a pineapple and turtle above a shield with three stars (representing the three islands) and a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto HE HATH FOUNDED IT UPON THE SEAS

      NOTE: The information regarding Cayman Islands 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 Cayman Islands Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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