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    Antigua and Barbuda Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Antigua and Barbuda

      Data code AC

      Government type parliamentary democracy

      National capital Saint John's

      Administrative divisions 6 parishes and 2 dependencies*; Barbuda*, Redonda*, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Mary, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Saint Philip

      Independence 1 November 1981 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day, 1 November (1981)

      Constitution 1 November 1981

      Legal system based on English common law

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II of the UK (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General James B. CARLISLE (since NA 1993)
      head of government: Prime Minister Lester Bryant BIRD (since 8 March 1994)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
      elections: none; the queen is a hereditary monarch; governor general chosen by the queen on the advice of the prime minister; prime minister appointed by the governor general

      Legislative branch bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (17-member body appointed by the governor general) and the House of Representatives (17 seats; members are elected by proportional representation to serve five-year terms)
      elections: House of Representatives - last held 8 March 1994 (next to be held NA 1999)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - ALP 11, UPP 5, independent 1

      Judicial branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (based in Saint Lucia), one judge of the Supreme Court is a resident of the islands and presides over the Court of Summary Jurisdiction

      Political parties and leaders Antigua Labor Party or ALP [Lester Bryant BIRD]; United Progressive Party or UPP [Baldwin SPENCER], a coalition of three opposition political parties - the United National Democratic Party or UNDP; the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement or ACLM; and the Progressive Labor Movement or PLM

      Political pressure groups and leaders Antigua Trades and Labor Union or ATLU [William ROBINSON]; People's Democratic Movement or PDM [Hugh MARSHALL]

      International organization participation ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, NAM (observer), OAS, OECS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Lionel Alexander HURST
      chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
      telephone: [1] (202) 362-5211
      FAX: [1] (202) 362-5225
      consulate(s) general: Miami

      Diplomatic representation from the US the US does not have an embassy in Antigua and Barbuda (embassy closed 30 June 1994); the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Antigua and Barbuda

      Flag description red with an inverted isosceles triangle based on the top edge of the flag; the triangle contains three horizontal bands of black (top), light blue, and white with a yellow rising sun in the black band

      NOTE: The information regarding Antigua and Barbuda on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Antigua and Barbuda Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Antigua and Barbuda Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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