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    Cayman Islands Government - 2005

      Country name:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Cayman Islands

      Dependency status:
      overseas territory of the UK

      Government type:
      British crown colony

      George Town

      Administrative divisions:
      8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western

      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday:
      Constitution Day, first Monday in July

      1959, revised 1972 and 1992

      Legal system:
      British common law and local statutes

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); Governor Bruce DINWIDDY (since 29 May 2002)
      head of government: Leader of Government Business Kurt TIBBETTS (since 18 May 2005)
      cabinet: Executive Council (three members appointed by the governor, four members elected by the Legislative Assembly)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or coalition is appointed by the governor Leader of Government Business

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Legislative Assembly (18 seats, three appointed members from the Executive Council and 15 elected by popular vote; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 11 May 2005 (next to be held 2009)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - PPM 9, UDP 5, independent 1

      Judicial branch:
      Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

      Political parties and leaders:
      no national teams (loose groupings of political organizations) were formed for the 2000 elections; United Democratic Party or UDP [leader McKeeva BUSH]; People's Progressive Movement or PPM [leader Kurt TIBBETTS]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Flag description:
      blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Caymanian coat of arms centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms includes a pineapple and turtle above a shield with three stars (representing the three islands) and a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto HE HATH FOUNDED IT UPON THE SEAS

      NOTE: The information regarding Cayman Islands on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cayman Islands Government 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cayman Islands Government 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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