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Guam: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Territory of Guam
conventional short form: Guam
Data code
GQ
Dependency status
organized, unincorporated territory of the US with
policy relations between Guam and the US under the jurisdiction of the
Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior
Government type
NA
Capital
Hagatna (Agana)
Administrative divisions
none (territory of the US)
Independence
none (territory of the US)
National holiday
Guam Discovery Day (first Monday in March) (1521);
Liberation Day, 21 July (1944)
Constitution
Organic Act of 1 August 1950
Legal system
modeled on US; US federal laws apply
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal; US citizens, but do not vote in
US presidential elections
Executive branch
chief of state: President William Jefferson CLINTON of the US (since
20 January 1993); Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January
1993)
head of government: Governor Carl GUTIERREZ (since 8 November 1994)
and Lieutenant Governor Madeleine BORDALLO (since 8 November 1994)
cabinet: executive departments; heads appointed by the governor with
the consent of the Guam legislature
elections: US president and vice president elected on the same ticket
for a four-year term; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the
same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 3
November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2002)
election results: Carl GUTIERREZ reelected governor; percent of vote -
Carl GUTIERREZ (Democrat) 53.2%, Joseph ADA (Republican) 46.8%
Legislative branch
unicameral Legislature (15 seats; members are
elected by popular vote to serve two-year terms)
elections: last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held NA November
2000)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party -
Republican 12, Democratic 3
note: Guam elects one delegate to the US House of Representatives;
election last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2000);
results - Robert UNDERWOOD was reelected as delegate; percent of vote
by party - NA; seats by party - Democratic 1
Judicial branch
Federal District Court (judge is appointed by the
president); Territorial Superior Court (judges appointed for
eight-year terms by the governor)
Political parties and leaders
Democratic Party (party of the
Governor) ; Republican Party (controls the legislature)
International organization participation: ESCAP (associate), Interpol
(subbureau), IOC, SPC
Diplomatic representation in the US
none (territory of the US)
Diplomatic representation from the US
none (territory of the US)
Flag description
territorial flag is dark blue with a narrow red
border on all four sides; centered is a red-bordered, pointed,
vertical ellipse containing a beach scene, outrigger canoe with sail,
and a palm tree with the word GUAM superimposed in bold red letters;
US flag is the national flag
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