Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Government

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Full Country Name Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
Etymology- history of name Saint Helena was discovered in 1502 by Galician navigator Joao da NOVA, sailing in the service of the Kingdom of Portugal, who named it "Santa Helena"; Ascension was named in 1503 by Portuguese navigator Afonso de ALBUQUERQUE who sighted the island on the Feast Day of the Ascension; Tristan da Cunha was discovered in 1506 by Portuguese explorer Tristao da CUNHA who christened the main island after himself (the name was subsequently anglicized)
Government Type parliamentary democracy (Legislative Council); limited self-governing overseas territory of the UK
Capital Name Jamestown
Capital - geographic coordinate 15 56 S, 5 43 W
Capital Time Difference UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Independence none (overseas territory of the UK)
National Holiday Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, third Monday in April (1926)
Constitution several previous; latest effective 1 September 2009 (The St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution Order 2009)
Dependency Status overseas territory of the UK

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Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Government and Politics

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Executive Branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)

head of government: Governor Philip RUSHBROOK (since 11 May 2019)

cabinet: Executive Council consists of the governor, 3 ex-officio officers, and 5 elected members of the Legislative Council

elections/appointments: none; the monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch

note: the constitution order provides for an administrator for Ascension and Tristan da Cunha appointed by the governor
Citizenship Criteria: see United Kingdom
Legal System: English common law and local statutes
Suffrage: 18 years of age
Legislative Branch: description: unicameral Legislative Council (17 seats including the speaker and deputy speaker; 12 members directly elected in a single countrywide constituency by simple majority vote and 3 ex-officio members - the chief secretary, financial secretary, and attorney general; members serve 4-year terms)

elections: last held on 26 July 2017 (next to be held in 2021)

election results: percent of vote - NA; seats by party - independent 12; composition - men 14, women 3, percent women 17.6%

note: the Constitution Order provides for separate Island Councils for both Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Judicial Branch: highest resident court(s): Court of Appeal (consists of the court president and 2 justices); Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice - a non-resident - and NA judges); note - appeals beyond the Court of Appeal are heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London)

judge selection and term of office: Court of Appeal and Supreme Court justices appointed by the governor acting upon the instructions from a secretary of state acting on behalf of Queen ELIZABETH II; justices of both courts appointed until retirement at age 70, but can be extended

subordinate courts: Magistrate's Court; Small Claims Court; Juvenile Court
Regions or States: 3 administrative areas; Ascension, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha
Political Parties and Leaders: none
International Organization Participation: 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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