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    Kuwait Government - 2004
    http://www.immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/kuwait/kuwait_government.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: State of Kuwait
      conventional short form: Kuwait
      local short form: Al Kuwayt
      local long form: Dawlat al Kuwayt

      Government type:
      nominal constitutional monarchy

      Capital:
      Kuwait

      Administrative divisions:
      5 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah); Al Ahmadi, Al Farwaniyah, Al 'Asimah, Al Jahra', Hawalli

      Independence:
      19 June 1961 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      National Day, 25 February (1950)

      Constitution:
      approved and promulgated 11 November 1962

      Legal system:
      civil law system with Islamic law significant in personal matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage:
      adult males who have been naturalized for 30 years or more or have resided in Kuwait since before 1920 and their male descendants at age 21
      note: only 10% of all citizens are eligible to vote; in 1996, naturalized citizens who do not meet the pre-1920 qualification but have been naturalized for 30 years were eligible to vote for the first time

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Amir JABIR al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah (since 31 December 1977)
      head of government: Prime Minister SABAH al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah (since 13 July 2003); First Deputy Prime Minister NAWWAF al-Ahmad Al Sabah (since 2003); Deputy Prime Ministers JABIR MUBARAK al-Hamad Al Sabah (since 2001) and Muhammad Dayfallah al-SHARAR (since 2003)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister and approved by the monarch
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; prime minister and deputy prime ministers appointed by the monarch

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-Umma (50 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 6 July 2003 (next to be held NA 2007)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - Islamists 21, government supporters 14, liberals 3, and independents 12; note - all cabinet ministers are also ex officio members of the National Assembly

      Judicial branch:
      High Court of Appeal

      Political parties and leaders:
      none; formation of political parties is illegal

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      several political groups act as de facto parties: Bedouins, merchants, Sunni and Shi'a activists, and secular leftists and nationalists

      International organization participation:
      ABEDA, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, BDEAC, CAEU, FAO, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, LAS, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPCW, OPEC, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNITAR, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Sheikh SALIM al-Abdallah Jabir Al Sabah
      FAX: [1] (202) 966-0517
      telephone: [1] (202) 966-0702
      chancery: 2940 Tilden Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Richard H. JONES
      embassy: Bayan, Area 14, Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa Street (near the Bayan palace), Kuwait City
      mailing address: P. O. Box 77 Safat, 13001 Safat, Kuwait Unit 69000, APO AE 09880-9000
      telephone: [965] 539-5307, ext. 2240
      FAX: [965] 538-0282

      Flag description:
      three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red with a black trapezoid based on the hoist side


      NOTE: The information regarding Kuwait 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 Kuwait Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Kuwait Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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