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Area: 22,965 sq km
Population: 360,346 (2017 est.)
Capital City: Belmopan
Independence: 21 Sep 1981
Last Election: 4 Nov 2015
Next Election: Nov 2020
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Government Type Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth
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Independence 21 September 1981 | Learn more »
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Constitution 21 September 1981 | Download constitution »
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Legal system English law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
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Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
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Executive Branch

Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor-General Sir Colville YOUNG (since 17 November 1993) | Learn more »

Head of Government: Prime Minister Dean BARROW (since 8 February 2008) | Learn more »

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister | Learn more »

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Legislative Branch

Bicameral National Assembly consists of the Senate (12 seats; members appointed by the governor general - 6 on the advice of the prime minister, 3 on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and 1 each on the advice of the Belize Council of Churches and Evangelical Association of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Belize Better Business Bureau, and the National Trade Union Congress and the Civil Society Steering Committee; members serve 5-year terms) and the House of Representatives (31 seats; members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote to serve 5-year terms) | Learn more »

Elections: House of Representatives - last held on 4 November 2015 (next to be called in November 2020) | Learn more »

Election results: House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - UDP 50%, PUP 47.3%, other 2.7%; seats by party - UDP 19, PUP 12 | Learn more »

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Judicial Branch Summary Jurisdiction Courts (criminal) and District Courts (civil jurisdiction); Supreme Court (the chief justice is appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister); Court of Appeal; Privy Council in the UK; member of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
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 Media & Links
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Channel 5 Television Commercial channel
Channel 7 Television Commercial channel
Love FM Radio Commercial, music and news
Estereo Amor Radio Private, Spanish-language
Krem FM Radio Private, commercial
More FM Radio Private, music station targeted at younger listeners
Wave Radio Radio Affiliated to United Democratic Party
Positive Vibes FM Radio Affiliated to People's United Party
Amandala Press Weekly newspaper
The Belize Times Press Weekly newspaper of the People's United Party
The Reporter Press Weekly newspaper
The San Pedro Sun Press Community weekly newspaper published on island of Ambergris Caye
The Guardian Press United Democratic Party-affiliated
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