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The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands remain a British overseas territory.


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Government

Country name
Conventional long form None
Conventional short form Turks and Caicos Islands
Abbreviation TCI

Dependency status
Overseas territory of the UK

Government type
NA

Capital
Name Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)
Geographic coordinates 21 28 N, 71 08 W
Time difference
UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Daylight saving time
+1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November

Administrative divisions
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Independence
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Constitution
Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution (Interim Amendment) Order 2009, S.I. 2009/701 - effective 14 August 2009 - suspended Ministerial government, the House of Assembly, and the constitutional right to trial by jury, and imposed direct British rule

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law and civil law

Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state
Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Damian (Ric) TODD (since 12 September 2011)
Head of government
Governor Damian (Ric) TODD (since 12 September 2011); note - the office of premier is suspended by the Order in Council, effective 14 August 2009
Cabinet
Under provisions of the Order in Council, the cabinet is suspended effective 14 August 2009 and replaced by an Advisory Council appointed by the governor
Elections
The monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch
Note
Following an investigation into allegations of widespread corruption and misconduct within the Turks and Caicos Government, the UK foreign minister directed the governor to bring into effect on 14 August 2009 an Order in Council suspending Ministerial government and the House of Assembly, and imposing direct rule pending completion of reform milestones

Legislative branch
Under provisions of the Order in Council, the unicameral House of Assembly is dissolved and all seats vacated for a period of up to two years; in the interim, a Consultative Forum, appointed by the governor, will be established
Elections
Last held on 9 February 2007 (next to be held in 2012)
Election results
Under provisions of the Order in Council, all seats in the House of Assembly are vacated

Judicial branch
Supreme Court; Court of Appeal

Political parties and leaders
People's Democratic Movement or PDM [Floyd SEYMOUR]; Progressive National Party or PNP [Michael Eugene MISICK]

Political pressure groups and leaders
NA

International organization participation
Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), UPU

Diplomatic representation in the us
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Diplomatic representation from the us
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Flag description
Blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the colonial shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield is yellow and displays a conch shell, a spiny lobster, and Turks Head cactus - three common elements of the islands' biota

National anthem
Name "This Land of Ours"
Lyrics/music Conrad HOWELL
Note
Serves as a local anthem; as a territory of the United Kingdom, "God Save the Queen" is the official anthem (see United Kingdom)


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