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    Pitcairn Islands Government 2001

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands
      conventional short form: Pitcairn Islands

      Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK

      Government type: NA

      Capital: Adamstown

      Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

      National holiday: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)

      Constitution: 1838; reformed 1904 with additional reforms in 1940; further refined by the Local Government Ordinance of 1964

      Legal system: local island by-laws

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal with three years residency

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by UK High Commissioner to New Zealand and Governor (nonresident) of the Pitcairn Islands Martin WILLIAMS (since NA May 1998); Commissioner (nonresident) Leon SALT (since NA; is the liaison person between the governor and the Island Council)
      head of government: Island Magistrate and Chairman of the Island Council Jay WARREN (since NA)
      cabinet: NA
      elections: the monarch is hereditary; high commissioner and commissioner appointed by the monarch; island magistrate elected every three years in December by popular vote for a three-year term; last election held NA December 1999 (next to be held NA December 2002)
      election results: Lea BROWN elected island magistrate; percent of vote - NA%

      Legislative branch: unicameral Island Council (10 seats - 6 elected by popular vote, 1 appointed by the 6 elected members, 2 appointed by the governor, and 1 seat for the Island Secretary; members serve one-year terms)
      elections: take place each December; last held NA December 2000 (next to be held NA December 2001)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - all independents

      Judicial branch: Island Court (island magistrate presides over the court and is elected every three years)

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Political pressure groups and leaders: none

      International organization participation: SPC

      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 Pitcairn Islander coat of arms centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms is yellow, green, and light blue with a shield featuring a yellow anchor

      NOTE: The information regarding Pitcairn Islands 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 Pitcairn Islands Government 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Pitcairn Islands Government 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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