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Martinique: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Department of Martinique
conventional short form: Martinique
local long form: Departement de la Martinique
local short form: Martinique
Data code
MB
Dependency status
overseas department of France
Government type
NA
Capital
Fort-de-France
Administrative divisions
none (overseas department of France)
Independence
none (overseas department of France)
National holiday
National Day, Taking of the Bastille, 14 July (1789)
Constitution
28 September 1958 (French Constitution)
Legal system
French legal system
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May
1995); Prefect Jean-Francois CORDET (since NA)
head of government: President of the General Council Claude LISE
(since 22 March 1992); President of the Regional Council Alfred
MARIE-JEANNE (since NA March 1998)
cabinet: NA
elections: French president elected by popular vote for a seven-year
term; prefect appointed by the French president on the advice of the
French Ministry of Interior; the presidents of the General and
Regional Councils are elected by the members of those councils
Legislative branch
unicameral General Council or Conseil General (45
seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
and a unicameral Regional Assembly or Conseil Regional (41 seats;
members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
elections: General Council - last held NA March 1994 (next to be held
NA 2000); Regional Assembly - last held on 15 March 1998 (next to be
held by March 2004)
election results: General Council - percent of vote by party - NA;
seats by party - NA; note - the PPM won a plurality; Regional Assembly
- percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - RPR-UDF 14, MIM 13,
PPM 7, left parties 4, PMS 3
note: Martinique elects 2 seats to the French Senate; elections last
held NA September 1998 (next to be held September 2001); results -
percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PPM 2; Martinique also
elects 4 seats to the French National Assembly; elections last held 1
June 1997 (next to be held NA 2002); results - percent of vote by
party - NA; seats by party - RPR 2, PS 1, independent 1
Judicial branch
Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel
Political parties and leaders
Combat Worker ;
Martinique Communist Party or PCM ; Martinique Forces
; Martinique Independence Movement or MIM [Alfred
MARIE-JEANNE]; Martinique Patriots or PM ; Martinique
Progressive Party or PPM ; Martinique Socialist
Party or PMS ; Movement for a Liberated Martinique
; National Council of Popular Committees ;
Rally for Democratic Martinique ; Rally for the
Republic or RPR ; Republican Party or PR [Jean
BAILLY]; Socialist Federation of Martinique or FSM ;
Union for French Democracy or UDF ; Union for the Renewal
of Ste. Marie
Political pressure groups and leaders
Association for the Protection
of Martinique's Heritage (ecologist) ; Caribbean
Revolutionary Alliance or ARC; Central Union for Martinique Workers or
CSTM ; Frantz Fanon Circle; League of Workers and
Peasants; Proletarian Action Group or GAP; Socialist Revolution Group
or GRS
International organization participation
FZ, WCL, WFTU
Diplomatic representation in the US
none (overseas department of
France)
Diplomatic representation from the US
none (overseas department of
France)
Flag description
a light blue background is divided into four
quadrants by a white cross; in the center of each rectangle is a white
snake; the flag of France is used for official occasions
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