Isle of Man Government

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Country Name Isle of Man
Full Country Name none
Abbreviation I.O.M.
Etymology- history of name the name "man" may be derived from the Celtic word for "mountain"
Government Type parliamentary democracy (Tynwald); a Crown dependency of the UK
Capital Name Douglas
Capital - geographic coordinate 54 09 N, 4 29 W
Capital Time Difference UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Daylight Savings Time +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Independence none (British crown dependency)
National Holiday Tynwald Day, 5 July (1417); date Tynwald Day was first recorded
Constitution history: development of the Isle of Man constitution dates to at least the 14th century

amendments: proposed as bills in the House of Keys by the “Government,” by a “Member of the House,” or by outside bodies or private individuals through petition to the House or Council; passage normally requires three separate readings and approval of at least 13 House members; following both House and Legislative Council agreement, assent is required by the lieutenant governor acting on behalf of the Crown; the constitution has been expanded and amended many times, last in 2015
Dependency Status British Crown dependency

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Isle of Man Government and Politics

Who is the president of Isle of Man?

Executive Branch:

chief of state: Lord of Mann Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard GOZNEY (since 27 May 2016)

head of government: Chief Minister Howard QUAYLE (since 4 October 2016)

cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the lieutenant governor

elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; lieutenant governor appointed by the monarch; chief minister indirectly elected by the Tynwald for a 5-year term (eligible for second term); election last held on 4 October 2016 (next to be held in 2021)

election results: Howard QUAYLE (independent) elected chief minister; Tynwald vote - 21 of 33

Citizenship Criteria:

see United Kingdom

Legal System:

the laws of the UK, where applicable, apply and include Manx statutes

Suffrage:

16 years of age; universal

Legislative Branch:

description: bicameral Tynwald or the High Court of Tynwald consists of:

Legislative Council (11 seats; includes the President of Tynwald, 2 ex-officio members - the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man and the attorney general (non-voting) - and 8 members indirectly elected by the House of Keys with renewal of 4 members every 2 years; elected members serve 4-year terms)

House of Keys (24 seats; 2 members directly elected by simple majority vote from 12 constituencies to serve 5-year terms)

elections:

Legislative Council - last held 28 February 2018 (next to be held 12 March 2020)

House of Keys - last held on 22 September 2016 (next to be held in September 2021)

election results:

Legislative Council - composition - men 6, women 5, percent of women 45.5%

House of Keys - percent of vote by party - Liberal Vannin 6.4%, independent 92.3%, other 1.3%; seats by party - Liberal Vannin 3, independent 21; composition - men 19, women 5, percent of women 20.8%; note - total Tynwald percent of women 28.6%

note: as of January 2019, seats by party - Liberal Vannin 2, independent 22

Judicial Branch:

highest resident court(s): Isle of Man High Court of Justice (consists of 3 permanent judges or "deemsters" and 1 judge of appeal; organized into the Staff of Government Division or Court of Appeal and the Civil Division); the Court of General Gaol Delivery is not formally part of the High Court but is administered as though part of the High Court and deals with serious criminal cases; note - appeals beyond the Court of Appeal are referred to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London)

judge selection and term of office: deemsters appointed by the Lord Chancellor of England on the nomination of the lieutenant governor; deemsters can serve until age 70

subordinate courts: High Court; Court of Summary Gaol Delivery; Summary Courts; Magistrate's Court; specialized courts

Regions or States:

none; there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 24 local authorities each with its own elections

Political Parties and Leaders:

Liberal Vannin Party [Kate BEECROFT]

Manx Labor Party

Mec Vannin [Bernard MOFFATT]; (sometimes referred to as the Manx Nationalist Party; advocates a sovereign state and environment policies)

note: most members sit as independents

International Organization Participation:

UPU

Diplomatic Representation in the US:

none (British crown dependency)

Diplomatic Representation from US:

none (British crown dependency)

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