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Guernsey:
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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: Bailiwick of Guernsey
conventional short form: Guernsey
Dependency status
Definition
British crown dependency
Government type
Definition
parliamentary democracy
Capital
Definition
name: Saint Peter Port
geographic coordinates: 49 27 N, 2 32 W
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Administrative divisions
Definition
none (British crown dependency); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 10 parishes including Castel, Forest, Saint Andrew, Saint Martin, Saint Peter Port, Saint Pierre du Bois, Saint Sampson, Saint Saviour, Torteval, Vale
Independence
Definition
none (British crown dependency)
National holiday
Definition
Liberation Day, 9 May (1945)
Constitution
Definition
unwritten; partly statutes, partly common law and practice
Legal system
Definition
the laws of the UK, where applicable, apply; justice is administered by the Royal Court
Suffrage
Definition
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Lieutenant Governor Sir Fabian MALBON (since 28 October 2005)
head of government: Chief Minister Lyndon TROTT (since 1 May 2008)
cabinet: Policy Council elected by the States of Deliberation
elections: the monarch is hereditary; lieutenant governor appointed by the monarch; chief minister is elected by States of Deliberation
election results: Lyndon TROTT elected chief minister, percent of vote of the States of Deliberation NA
Legislative branch
Definition
unicameral States of Deliberation (45 seats; members are elected by popular vote for four years); note - Alderney and Sark have parliaments
elections: last held 23 April 2008 (next to be held in 2012)
election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - all independents
Judicial branch
Definition
Royal Court (judges elected by an electoral college and the bailiff)
Political parties and leaders
Definition
none; all independents
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
Stop Traffic Endangering Pedestrian Safety or STEPS; No More Masts [Colin FALLAIZE]
International organization participation
Definition
UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none (British crown dependency)
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none (British crown dependency)
Flag description
Definition
white with the red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England) extending to the edges of the flag and a yellow equal-armed cross of William the Conqueror superimposed on the Saint George cross


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