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Cocos (Keeling) Islands:
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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
conventional short form: Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Dependency status
Definition
non-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Government type
Definition
NA
Capital
Definition
name: West Island
geographic coordinates: 12 10 S, 96 50 E
time difference: UTC+6.5 (11.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Independence
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
National holiday
Definition
Australia Day, 26 January (1788)
Constitution
Definition
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act of 1955 (23 November 1955) as amended by the Territories Law Reform Act of 1992
Legal system
Definition
based upon the laws of Australia and local laws
Suffrage
Definition
NA
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by the Australian governor general
head of government: Administrator (nonresident) Neil LUCAS (since 30 January 2006)
cabinet: NA
elections: the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia
Legislative branch
Definition
unicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (7 seats)
elections: held every two years with half the members standing for election; last held in May 2007 (next to be held in May 2009)
Judicial branch
Definition
Supreme Court; Magistrate's Court
Political parties and leaders
Definition
none
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
The Cocos Islands Youth Support Centre
International organization participation
Definition
none
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none (territory of Australia)
Flag description
Definition
the flag of Australia is used


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