Turks and Caicos Islands Government

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Country Name Turks and Caicos Islands
Full Country Name none
Abbreviation TCI
Etymology- history of name the Turks Islands are named after the Turk's cap cactus (native to the islands and appearing on the flag and coat of arms), while the Caicos Islands derive from the native term "caya hico" meaning "string of islands"
Government Type parliamentary democracy (House of Assembly); self-governing overseas territory of the UK
Capital Name Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)
Capital - geographic coordinate 21 28 N, 71 08 W
Capital Time Difference UTC-5 (same time as 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 Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)
Constitution several previous; latest signed 7 August 2012, effective 15 October 2012 (Turks and Caicos Constitution Order 2011)
Dependency Status overseas territory of the UK

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Turks and Caicos Islands Government and Politics

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Executive Branch:

chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Nigel DAKIN (since 15 July 2019)

head of government: Premier Sharlene CARTWRIGHT-ROBINSON (since 20 December 2016); first female Premier of Turks and Caicos

cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor from among members of the House of Assembly

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

Citizenship Criteria:

see United Kingdom

Legal System:

mixed legal system of English common law and civil law

Suffrage:

18 years of age; universal

Legislative Branch:

description: unicameral House of Assembly (19 seats; 15 members in multi-seat constituencies and a single all-islands constituency directly elected by simple majority vote, 1 member nominated by the premier and appointed by the governor, 1 nominated by the opposition party leader and appointed by the governor, and 2 from the Turks and Caicos Islands Civic Society directly appointed by the governor; members serve 4-year terms)

elections: last held on 15 December 2016 (next to be held in 2020)

election results: percent of vote - NA; seats by party - PDM 10, PNP 5; composition - men 15, women 6, percent of women 28.6%

Judicial Branch:

highest resident court(s): Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice and such number of other judges as determined by the governor); Court of Appeal (consists of the court president and 2 justices); note - appeals beyond the Supreme Court are referred to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London)

judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges appointed by the governor in accordance with the Judicial Service Commission, a 3-member body of high level judicial officials; Supreme Court judges appointed until mandatory retirement at age 65, but can be extended to age 70; Appeals Court judge tenure determined by individual terms of appointment

subordinate courts: magistrates' courts

Regions or States:

none (overseas territory of the UK)

Political Parties and Leaders:

People's Democratic Movement or PDM [Oswald SKIPPINGS]

People's Progressive Party

Progressive National Party or PNP [Rufus EWING]

International Organization Participation:

Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), UPU

Diplomatic Representation in the US:

none (overseas territory of the UK)

Diplomatic Representation from US:

none (overseas territory of the UK)

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