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Saint Helena:
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Country name
Definition
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Saint Helena
Dependency status
Definition
overseas territory of the UK
Government type
Definition
NA
Capital
Definition
name: Jamestown
geographic coordinates: 15 56 S, 5 44 W
time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions
Definition
1 administrative area and 2 dependencies*; Ascension*, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha*
Independence
Definition
none (overseas territory of the UK)
National holiday
Definition
Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)
Constitution
Definition
1 January 1989
Legal system
Definition
English common law and statutes, supplemented by local statutes
Suffrage
Definition
NA years of age
Executive branch
Definition
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
head of government: Governor and Commander in Chief Andrew GURR (since 11 November 2007)
cabinet: Executive Council consists of the governor, three ex-officio officers, and five elected members of the Legislative Council
elections: the monarch is hereditary; governor is appointed by the monarch
Legislative branch
Definition
unicameral Legislative Council (16 seats, including the speaker, three ex officio and 12 elected members; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 31 August 2005 (next to be held in 2009)
election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 12
Judicial branch
Definition
Magistrate's Court; Supreme Court; Court of Appeal
Political parties and leaders
Definition
none
Political pressure groups and leaders
Definition
other: private sector; unions
International organization participation
Definition
UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US
Definition
none (overseas territory of the UK)
Diplomatic representation from the US
Definition
none (overseas territory of the UK)
Flag description
Definition
blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Saint Helenian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield features a rocky coastline and three-masted sailing ship


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