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Guernsey: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Bailiwick of Guernsey
conventional short form: Guernsey
Data code
GK
Dependency status
British crown dependency
Government type
NA
Capital
Saint Peter Port
Administrative divisions
none (British crown dependency)
Independence
none (British crown dependency)
National holiday
Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)
Constitution
unwritten; partly statutes, partly common law and
practice
Legal system
English law and local statute; justice is administered
by the Royal Court
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
head of government: Lieutenant Governor Sir John COWARD (since NA
1994) and Bailiff De Vic G. CAREY (since NA)
cabinet: Advisory and Finance Committee appointed by the Assembly of
the States
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; lieutenant governor
appointed by the monarch; bailiff appointed by the monarch
Legislative branch
unicameral Assembly of the States (59 voting
members - 12 councilors serving six-year terms, half elected every
three years; 33 deputies elected from multi- or single-member
districts every four years; 10 representatives from parish
authorities; 2 representatives from Aldenay; the bailiff and deputy
bailiff; and 2 non-voting members - the Attorney General and the
Solicitor General both appointed by the monarch
elections: last held 20 April 1994 (next to be held NA 2000)
election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - all independents
Judicial branch
Royal Court
Political parties and leaders
none; all independents
International organization participation
none
Diplomatic representation in the US
none (British crown dependency)
Diplomatic representation from the US
none (British crown dependency)
Flag description
white with the red cross of Saint George (patron
saint of England) extending to the edges of the flag and a yellow
equal-armed cross of William the Conqueror superimposed on the Saint
George cross
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