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Guyana: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Co-operative Republic of Guyana
conventional short form: Guyana
former: British Guiana
Data code
GY
Government type
republic within the Commonwealth
Capital
Georgetown
Administrative divisions
10 regions; Barima-Waini, Cuyuni-Mazaruni,
Demerara-Mahaica, East Berbice-Corentyne, Essequibo Islands-West
Demerara, Mahaica-Berbice, Pomeroon-Supenaam, Potaro-Siparuni, Upper
Demerara-Berbice, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo
Independence
26 May 1966 (from UK)
National holiday
Republic Day, 23 February (1970)
Constitution
6 October 1980
Legal system
based on English common law with certain admixtures of
Roman-Dutch law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: President Bharrat JAGDEO (since NA August 1999); note
- assumed presidency after resignation of President JAGAN
head of government: Prime Minister Samuel HINDS (since NA December
1997)
cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president, responsible
to the legislature
elections: president elected by the majority party in the National
Assembly following legislative elections, which must be held at least
every five years; elections last held 15 December 1997 (next to be
held by January 2001); prime minister appointed by the president
Legislative branch
unicameral National Assembly (65 seats, 53
popularly elected; members serve five-year terms)
elections: last held 15 December 1997 (next to be held by January
2001; this date was part of a negotiated settlement between the two
main political parties following a dispute over the December
elections)
election results: percent of vote by party - PPP 54%, PNC 41%, AFG 1%,
TUF 1%; seats by party - PPP 29, PNC 22, AFG 1, TUF 1
Judicial branch
Supreme Court of Judicature; Judicial Court of
Appeal; High Court
Political parties and leaders
Alliance for Guyana or AFG [Rupert
ROOPNARINE]; Democratic Labor Movement or DLM ; For a
Good and Green Guyana or GGG ; Guyana Democratic Party
or GDP ; Guyana Labor Party or GLP ; Guyanese
Organization for Liberty and Democracy Party or GOLD [Anthony
MEKDECI]; National Democratic Front or NDF ; National
Republican Party or NRP ; People's Democratic
Movement or PDM ; People's National Congress or PNC
; People's Progressive Party or PPP ;
The United Force or TUF ; Working People's Alliance or
WPA
Political pressure groups and leaders
Civil Liberties Action
Committee or CLAC; Guyana Council of Indian Organizations or GCIO;
Trades Union Congress or TUC
note: the GCIO and the CLAC are small and active but not well
organized
International organization participation
ACP, C, Caricom, CCC, CDB,
ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC,
IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ISO
(subscriber), ITU, LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD,
UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO
Diplomatic representation in the US
chief of mission: Ambassador Dr. Ali Odeen ISHMAEL
chancery: 2490 Tracy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone:  (202) 265-6900
consulate(s) general: New York
Diplomatic representation from the US
chief of mission: Ambassador James F. MACK
embassy: 99-100 Young and Duke Streets, Kingston, Georgetown
mailing address: P. O. Box 10507, Georgetown
telephone:  (2) 54900 through 54909, 57960 through 57969
FAX:  (2) 59497
Flag description
green, with a red isosceles triangle (based on the
hoist side) superimposed on a long, yellow arrowhead; there is a
narrow, black border between the red and yellow, and a narrow, white
border between the yellow and the green
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