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    Venezuela Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/venezuela/venezuela_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
      conventional short form: Venezuela
      local short form: Venezuela
      local long form: Republica Bolivariana de Venezuela

      Government type federal republic

      Capital Caracas

      Administrative divisions 23 states (estados, singular - estado), 1 federal district* (distrito federal), and 1 federal dependency** (dependencia federal); Amazonas, Anzoategui, Apure, Aragua, Barinas, Bolivar, Carabobo, Cojedes, Delta Amacuro, Dependencias Federales**, Distrito Federal*, Falcon, Guarico, Lara, Merida, Miranda, Monagas, Nueva Esparta, Portuguesa, Sucre, Tachira, Trujillo, Vargas, Yaracuy, Zulia
      note: the federal dependency consists of 11 federally controlled island groups with a total of 72 individual islands

      Independence 5 July 1811 (from Spain)

      National holiday Independence Day, 5 July (1811)

      Constitution 30 December 1999

      Legal system based on organic laws as of July 1999; open, adversarial court system; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Hugo CHAVEZ Frias (since 3 February 1999); Vice President Jose Vicente RANGEL (since 28 April 2002); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Hugo CHAVEZ Frias (since 3 February 1999); Vice President Jose Vicente RANGEL (since 28 April 2002); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
      election results: Hugo CHAVEZ Frias reelected president; percent of vote - 60%
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a six-year term; election last held 30 July 2000 (next to be held NA 2006)

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Asamblea Nacional (165 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms; three seats reserved for the indigenous peoples of Venezuela)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - pro-government 108 (MVR 92, MAS 6, indigenous 3, other 7), opposition 57 (AD 33, COPEI 6, Justice First 5, other 13)
      elections: last held 30 July 2000 (next to be held NA 2005)

      Judicial branch Supreme Tribunal of Justice or Tribuna Suprema de Justicia (magistrates are elected by the National Assembly for a single 12-year term)

      Political parties and leaders Democratic Action or AD [Claudio FERMIN]; Fifth Republic Movement or MVR [Garcia PONCE]; Homeland for All or PPT [Jose ALBORNIZ]; Justice First [Julio BORGES]; Movement Toward Socialism or MAS [Hector MUJICA]; National Convergence or Convergencia [Juan Jose CALDERA]; Radical Cause or La Causa R [Antonio HERRERA]; Social Christian Party or COPEI [Oswaldo ALVAREZ Paz]; Venezuela Project or PV [Henrique SALAS Romer]

      Political pressure groups and leaders FEDECAMARAS, a conservative business group; VECINOS groups; Venezuelan Confederation of Workers or CTV (labor organization dominated by the Democratic Action)

      International organization participation CAN, Caricom (observer), CCC, CDB, ECLAC, FAO, G-3, G-15, G-19, G-24, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, LAES, LAIA, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, RG, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIKOM, UNU, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Designate Roy CHADERTON Matos
      chancery: 1099 30th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
      consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and San Juan (Puerto Rico)
      FAX: [1] (202) 342-6820
      telephone: [1] (202) 342-2214

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Charles SHAPIRO
      embassy: Calle F con Calle Suapure, Urbanizacion Colinas de Valle Arriba, Caracas 1080
      mailing address: P. O. Box 62291, Caracas 1060-A; APO AA 34037
      telephone: [58] (0212) 975-9234, 975-6411
      FAX: [58] (0212) 975-8991

      Flag description three equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), blue, and red with the coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band and an arc of seven white five-pointed stars centered in the blue band

      NOTE: The information regarding Venezuela on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Venezuela Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Venezuela Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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