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Area: 430 sq km; 166 sq miles
Population: 285,000
Capital City: Bridgetown
Independence: 20 Nov 1966
Last Election: 21 Feb 2013
Next Election: Feb 2018
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Government Type Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth
Independence 30 November 1966 | Learn more »
Constitution 30 November 1966 | Download constitution »
Legal system English common law; no judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor-General Sir Elliot BELGRAVE (since 1 June 2012) | Learn more »

Head of Government: Prime Minister Fruendel STUART (since 23 October 2010) | Learn more »

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister | Learn more »

Legislative Branch

Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (21 seats; members appointed by the governor general - 12 on the advice of the Prime Minister, 2 on the advice of the opposition leader, and 7 at his discretion) and the House of Assembly (30 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms) | Learn more »

Elections: House of Assembly - last held on 21 February 2013 (next to be called in 2018) | Learn more »

Election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - DLP 51.3%, BLP 48.3%; seats by party - DLP 16, BLP 14

Judicial Branch Supreme Court of Judicature consists of a High Court and a Court of Appeal (judges are appointed by the Service Commissions for the Judicial and Legal Services); Caribbean Court of Justice or CCJ is the highest court of appeal; based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago | Learn more »


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