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Belize: Government

Country name
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Belize
former: British Honduras
Data code
BH
Government type
parliamentary democracy
Capital
Belmopan
Administrative divisions
6 districts; Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange
Walk, Stann Creek, Toledo
Independence
21 September 1981 (from UK)
National holiday
Independence Day, 21 September (1981)
Constitution
21 September 1981
Legal system
English law
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952),
represented by Governor General Sir Colville YOUNG (since 17 November
1993)
head of government: Prime Minister Said MUSA (since 27 August 1998);
Deputy Prime Minister John BRICENO (since 1 September 1998)
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; governor general appoints the member of the House of
Representatives who is leader of the majority party to be prime
minister
Legislative branch
bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate
(eight members, five appointed on the advice of the prime minister,
two on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and one by the
governor general; members are appointed for five-year terms); and the
House of Representatives (29 seats; members are elected by direct
popular vote to serve five-year terms)
elections: House of Representatives - last held 27 August 1998 (next
to be held NA August 2003)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PUP
26, UDP 3
Judicial branch
Supreme Court, the chief justice is appointed by the
governor general on advice of the prime minister
Political parties and leaders
People's United Party or PUP [Said
MUSA]; United Democratic Party or UDP
Political pressure groups and leaders
Society for the Promotion of
Education and Research or SPEAR ; United Worker's Front
International organization participation
ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC,
FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO,
IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer),
ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO,
WMO, WTrO
Diplomatic representation in the US
chief of mission: Ambassador James Schofield MURPHY
chancery: 2535 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone:  (202) 332-9636
FAX:  (202) 332-6888
consulate(s) general: Los Angeles
Diplomatic representation from the US
chief of mission: Ambassador Carolyn CURIEL
embassy: Gabourel Lane and Hutson Street, Belize City
mailing address: P. O. Box 286, Unit 7401, APO AA 34025
telephone:  (2) 77161 through 77163
FAX:  (2) 30802
Flag description
blue with a narrow red stripe along the top and the
bottom edges; centered is a large white disk bearing the coat of arms;
the coat of arms features a shield flanked by two workers in front of
a mahogany tree with the related motto SUB UMBRA FLOREO (I Flourish in
the Shade) on a scroll at the bottom, all encircled by a green garland
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