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    Antigua and Barbuda Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Antigua and Barbuda

      Government type:
      constitutional monarchy with UK-style parliament

      Capital:
      Saint John's (Antigua)

      Administrative divisions:
      6 parishes and 2 dependencies*; Barbuda*, Redonda*, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Mary, Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Saint Philip

      Independence:
      1 November 1981 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day (National Day), 1 November (1981)

      Constitution:
      1 November 1981

      Legal system:
      based on English common law

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General James B. CARLISLE (since 10 June 1993)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor general chosen by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister
      head of government: Prime Minister Baldwin SPENCER (since 24 March 2004)

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (17-member body appointed by the governor general) and the House of Representatives (17 seats; members are elected by proportional representation to serve five-year terms)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - ALP 4, UPP 12, contested 1; note - new election will decide the contested seat
      elections: House of Representatives - last held 23 March 2004 (next to be held NA 2009)

      Judicial branch:
      Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (based in Saint Lucia; one judge of the Supreme Court is a resident of the islands and presides over the Court of Summary Jurisdiction)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Antigua Labor Party or ALP [Lester Bryant BIRD]; Barbuda People's Movement or BPM [Thomas H. FRANK]; United Progressive Party or UPP [Baldwin SPENCER] (a coalition of three opposition parties - United National Democratic Party or UNDP, Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement or ACLM, and Progressive Labor Movement or PLM)

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Antigua Trades and Labor Union or ATLU [William ROBINSON]; People's Democratic Movement or PDM [Hugh MARSHALL]

      International organization participation:
      ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Lionel A. HURST
      chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
      telephone: [1] (202) 362-5122
      FAX: [1] (202) 362-5225
      consulate(s) general: Miami

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      the US does not have an embassy in Antigua and Barbuda (embassy closed 30 June 1994); the US Ambassador to Barbados, Ambassador Mary E. KRAMER, is accredited to Antigua and Barbuda

      Flag description:
      red, with an inverted isosceles triangle based on the top edge of the flag; the triangle contains three horizontal bands of black (top), light blue, and white, with a yellow rising sun in the black band


      NOTE: The information regarding Antigua and Barbuda on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Antigua and Barbuda Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Antigua and Barbuda Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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