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    Cocos (Keeling) Islands Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
      conventional short form: Cocos (Keeling) Islands

      Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Department of Transport and Regional Services

      Government type: NA

      Capital: West Island

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

      Independence: none (territory of Australia)

      National holiday: NA

      Constitution: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act of 1955

      Legal system: based upon the laws of Australia and local laws

      Suffrage: NA

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia
      head of government: Administrator (nonresident) William Leonard TAYLOR (since 4 February 1999)
      cabinet: NA

      Legislative branch: unicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (7 seats)

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Magistrate's Court

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Political pressure groups and leaders: none

      International organization participation: none

      Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of Australia)

      Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of Australia)

      Flag description: the flag of Australia is used

      NOTE: The information regarding Cocos (Keeling) 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 Cocos (Keeling) Islands Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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