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Gibraltar Government

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Gibraltar: Government

Country name
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Gibraltar
Data code
GI
Dependency status
overseas territory of the UK
Government type
NA
Capital
Gibraltar
Administrative divisions
none (overseas territory of the UK)
Independence
none (overseas territory of the UK)
National holiday
Commonwealth Day (second Monday of March)
Constitution
30 May 1969
Legal system
English law
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal, plus other UK subjects who have
been residents six months or more
Executive branch
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952),
represented by Governor and Commander-in-Chief, the Right Honorable
Sir Richard LUCE (since 24 February 1997); note - a new governor has
been appointed and will arrive in March 2000
head of government: Chief Minister Peter CARUANA (since 17 May 1996)
cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed from among the 15 elected
members of the House of Assembly by the governor in consultation with
the chief minister
note: there is also a Gibraltar Council that advises the governor
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor appointed by the
monarch; chief minister appointed by the governor
Legislative branch
unicameral House of Assembly (18 seats - 15
elected by popular vote, one appointed for the Speaker, and two ex
officio members; members serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 10 February 2000 (next to be held NA 2004)
election results: percent of vote by party - SD 54%, GSLA 40%; seats
by party - NA
Judicial branch
Supreme Court; Court of Appeal
Political parties and leaders
Gibraltar Labor Party/Association for
the Advancement of Civil Rights or GCL/AACR ; Gibraltar
Liberal Party or GLP (has become the Gibraltar National Party or NP)
; Gibraltar Social Democrats or SD ;
Gibraltar Socialist Labor Party or SL ; Gibraltar
Socialist Liberal Alliance or GSLA  (includes SL and GLP)
Political pressure groups and leaders
Chamber of Commerce; Gibraltar
Representatives Organization; Housewives Association
International organization participation
Interpol (subbureau)
Diplomatic representation in the US
none (overseas territory of the
UK)
Diplomatic representation from the US
none (overseas territory of the
UK)
Flag description
two horizontal bands of white (top, double width)
and red with a three-towered red castle in the center of the white
band; hanging from the castle gate is a gold key centered in the red
band
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