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    Jamaica Government - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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


      Government type: constitutional parliamentary democracy


      Capital: Kingston


      Administrative divisions: 14 parishes; Clarendon, Hanover, Kingston, Manchester, Portland, Saint Andrew, Saint Ann, Saint Catherine, Saint Elizabeth, Saint James, Saint Mary, Saint Thomas, Trelawny, Westmoreland


      Independence: 6 August 1962 (from UK)


      National holiday: Independence Day, first Monday in August (1962)


      Constitution: 6 August 1962


      Legal system: based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction


      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal


      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Sir Howard Felix COOKE (since 1 August 1991)
      head of government: Prime Minister Percival James PATTERSON (since 30 March 1992)
      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 on the recommendation of the prime minister; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition in the House of Representatives is appointed prime minister by the governor general; the deputy prime minister is recommended by the prime minister


      Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (a 21-member body appointed by the governor general on the recommendations of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition; ruling party is allocated 13 seats, and the opposition is allocated eight seats) and the House of Representatives (60 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 16 October 2002 (next to be held NA October 2007)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PNP 52%, JLP 47.3%; seats by party - PNP 34, JLP 26


      Judicial branch: Supreme Court (judges appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister); Court of Appeal


      Political parties and leaders: Jamaica Labor Party or JLP [Edward SEAGA]; National Democratic Movement or NDM [Bruce GOLDING]; People's National Party or PNP [Percival James PATTERSON]


      Political pressure groups and leaders: New Beginnings Movement or NBM; Rastafarians (black religious/racial cultists, pan-Africanists)


      International organization participation: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-15, G-19, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO


      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Seymour MULLINGS
      consulate(s) general: Miami and New York
      FAX: [1] (202) 452-0081
      telephone: [1] (202) 452-0660
      chancery: 1520 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036


      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Sue McCourt COBB
      embassy: Jamaica Mutual Life Center, 2 Oxford Road, 3rd floor, Kingston 5
      mailing address: use embassy street address
      telephone: [1] (876) 929-4850 through 4859
      FAX: [1] (876) 926-6743


      Flag description: diagonal yellow cross divides the flag into four triangles - green (top and bottom) and black (hoist side and outer side)


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

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