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    Holy See (Vatican City) Government 2001

      Country name:
      conventional long form: The Holy See (State of the Vatican City)
      conventional short form: Holy See (Vatican City)
      local long form: Santa Sede (Stato della Citta del Vaticano)
      local short form: Santa Sede (Citta del Vaticano)

      Government type: ecclesiastical

      Capital: Vatican City

      Independence: 11 February 1929 (from Italy)

      National holiday: Coronation Day of Pope JOHN PAUL II, 22 October (1978)

      Constitution: Apostolic Constitution of 1967 (effective 1 March 1968)

      Legal system: NA

      Suffrage: limited to cardinals less than 80 years old

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Pope JOHN PAUL II (since 16 October 1978)
      head of government: Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo SODANO (since 2 December 1990)
      cabinet: Pontifical Commission appointed by the pope
      elections: pope elected for life by the College of Cardinals; election last held 16 October 1978 (next to be held after the death of the current pope); secretary of state appointed by the pope
      election results: Karol WOJTYLA elected pope

      Legislative branch: unicameral Pontifical Commission

      Judicial branch: none; normally handled by Italy

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Political pressure groups and leaders: none (exclusive of influence exercised by church officers)

      International organization participation: CE (observer), IAEA, ICFTU, Intelsat, IOM (observer), ITU, NAM (guest), OAS (observer), OPCW, OSCE, UN (observer), UNCTAD, UNHCR, UPU, WHO (observer), WIPO, WToO (observer), WTrO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele MONTALVO
      chancery: 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 333-7121

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant)
      embassy: Villa Domiziana, Via delle Terme Deciane 26, 00162 Rome
      mailing address: PSC 59, Box F, APO AE 09624
      telephone: [39] (06) 4674-3428
      FAX: [39] (06) 5758346

      Flag description: two vertical bands of yellow (hoist side) and white with the crossed keys of Saint Peter and the papal miter centered in the white band

      NOTE: The information regarding Holy See (Vatican City) on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Holy See (Vatican City) Government 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Holy See (Vatican City) Government 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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