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    Turks and Caicos Islands Government - 2006

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Turks and Caicos Islands

      Dependency status:
      overseas territory of the UK

      Government type:

      Grand Turk

      Administrative divisions:
      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday:
      Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

      introduced 30 August 1976; suspended in 1986; restored and revised 5 March 1988

      Legal system:
      based on laws of England and Wales, with a few adopted from Jamaica and The Bahamas

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Richard TAUWHARE (since 11 July 2005)
      head of government: Chief Minister Michael Eugene MISICK (since 15 August 2003)
      cabinet: Executive Council consists of three ex officio members and five appointed by the governor from among the members of the Legislative Council
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is appointed chief minister by the governor

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Legislative Council (19 seats of which 13 are popularly elected; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 24 April 2003 (next to be held in 2007)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PDM 53.8%, PNP 46.2%; seats by party - PDM 7, PNP 6; note - in by-elections held 7 August 2003, the PNP gained two seats for a majority of 8 seats; PDM now has 5

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders:
      People's Democratic Movement or PDM [Derek H. TAYLOR]; Progressive National Party or PNP [Michael Eugene MISICK]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

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

      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 colonial shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield is yellow and contains a conch shell, lobster, and cactus

      NOTE: The information regarding Turks and Caicos Islands on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Turks and Caicos Islands Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Turks and Caicos Islands Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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