Bermuda Government

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Country Name Bermuda
Full Country Name none
Former Name Somers Islands
Etymology- history of name the islands making up Bermuda are named after Juan de BERMUDEZ, an early 16th century Spanish sea captain and the first European explorer of the archipelago
Government Type parliamentary democracy (Parliament); self-governing overseas territory of the UK
Capital Name Hamilton
Capital - geographic coordinate 32 17 N, 64 47 W
Capital Time Difference UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Daylight Savings Time +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November
Independence none (overseas territory of the UK)
National Holiday Bermuda Day, 24 May; note - formerly known as Victoria Day, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day
Constitution several previous (dating to 1684); latest entered into force 8 June 1968; amended several times, last in 2012
Dependency Status overseas territory of the UK

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Bermuda Government and Politics

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Executive Branch:

chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor John RANKIN (since 5 December 2016)

head of government: Premier David BURT (since 19 July 2017)

cabinet: Cabinet nominated by the premier, appointed by the governor

elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition usually appointed premier by the governor

Citizenship Criteria:

citizenship by birth: no

citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of the UK

dual citizenship recognized: yes

residency requirement for naturalization: 10 years

Legal System:

English common law

Suffrage:

18 years of age; universal

Legislative Branch:

description: bicameral Parliament consists of:

Senate (11 seats; 3 members appointed by the governor, 5 by the premier, and 3 by the opposition party; members serve 5-year terms) and the House of Assembly (36 seats; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve up to 5-year terms)

House of Assembly (36 seats; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve up to 5-year terms)

elections:

Senate - last appointments in August 2017 (next appointments in 2022)

House of Assembly - last held on 18 July 2017 (next to be held not later than 2022)

election results: Senate - composition - men 7, women 4, percent of women 36.4%

House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - PLP 58.9%, OBA 40.6%, other 0.5%; seats by party - PLP 24, OBA 12; composition - men 28, women 8, percent of women 22.2%; note - total Parliament percent of women 25.5%

Judicial Branch:

highest resident court(s): Court of Appeal (consists of the court president and at least 2 justices); Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice, 4 puisne judges, and 1 associate justice); note - the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London is the court of final appeal

judge selection and term of office: Court of Appeal justice appointed by the governor; justice tenure by individual appointment; Supreme Court judges nominated by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission and appointed by the governor; judge tenure based on terms of appointment

subordinate courts: commercial court (began in 2006); magistrates' courts

Regions or States:

9 parishes and 2 municipalities*; Devonshire, Hamilton, Hamilton*, Paget, Pembroke, Saint George*, Saint George's, Sandys, Smith's, Southampton, Warwick

Political Parties and Leaders:

One Bermuda Alliance or OBA [Jeanne ATHERDEN]

Progressive Labor Party or PLP [David BURT]

International Law Organization Participation:

has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt

International Organization Participation:

Caricom (associate), ICC (NGOs), Interpol (subbureau), IOC, ITUC (NGOs), UPU, WCO

Diplomatic Representation in the US:

none (overseas territory of the UK)

Diplomatic Representation from US:

chief of mission: Consul General Mary Ellen KOENIG (since 28 November 2015)

consulate(s) general: Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire DVO3

mailing address: P. O. Box HM325, Hamilton HMBX; American Consulate General Hamilton, US Department of State, 5300 Hamilton Place, Washington, DC 20520-5300

telephone: [1] (441) 295-1342

FAX: [1] (441) 295-1592, 296-9233

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