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    Singapore Government 2001

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Singapore
      conventional short form: Singapore

      Government type: parliamentary republic

      Capital: Singapore

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 9 August 1965 (from Malaysia)

      National holiday: Independence Day, 9 August (1965)

      Constitution: 3 June 1959, amended 1965 (based on preindependence State of Singapore Constitution)

      Legal system: based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal and compulsory

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Sellapan Rama (S. R.) NATHAN (since 1 September 1999)
      head of government: Prime Minister GOH Chok Tong (since 28 November 1990) and Deputy Prime Ministers LEE Hsien Loong (since 28 November 1990) and Tony TAN Keng Yam (since 1 August 1995)
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president, responsible to Parliament
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a six-year term; election last held 28 August 1999 (next to be held NA August 2005); following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the president; deputy prime ministers appointed by the president
      election results: Sellapan Rama (S. R.) NATHAN elected president unopposed

      Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament (83 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 2 January 1997 (next to be held by 26 August 2002)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PAP 65% (in contested constituencies), other 35%; seats by party - PAP 81, WP 1, SPP 1; note - subsequent to the election, there was a change in the distribution of seats, the new distribution is as follows: PAP 80, WP 1, SPP 1, vacant 1

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court (chief justice is appointed by the president with the advice of the prime minister, other judges are appointed by the president with the advice of the chief justice); Court of Appeals

      Political parties and leaders: People's Action Party or PAP [GOH Chok Tong, secretary general] - the governing party; Singapore Democratic Party or SDP [CHEE Soon Juan]; Singapore People's Party or SPP [CHIAM See Tong]; Workers' Party or WP [J. B. JEYARETNAM]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: APEC, ARF, AsDB, ASEAN, Australia Group (observer), BIS, C, CCC, CP, ESCAP, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, NAM, OPCW, PCA, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNCTAD, UNIKOM, UNMEE, UNTAET, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador CHAN Heng Chee
      chancery: 3501 International Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 537-3100
      FAX: [1] (202) 537-0876
      consulate(s) general: Los Angeles, San Francisco
      consulate(s): New York

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant)
      embassy: 27 Napier Road, Singapore 258508
      mailing address: PSC Box 470, FPO AP 96534-0001
      telephone: [65] 476-9100
      FAX: [65] 476-9340

      Flag description: two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; near the hoist side of the red band, there is a vertical, white crescent (closed portion is toward the hoist side) partially enclosing five white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle

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

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