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Area: 1,705 sq km (658 sq miles)
Population: 445,000 (via UN, 2006)
Capital City: Basse-Terre
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Government Type Department of France
Independence None (overseas department of France)
Constitution Constitution (28 September 1958)
Legal system French
Suffrage Universal at 18 years old
Executive Branch

Head of state: President François HOLLANDE represented by Prefect

Head of government: President of the General Council Jacques Gillot
President of the Regional Council Victorin Lurel

Elections: term; Prefect appointed by the French president on advice of the French Ministry of the Interior; General and Regional Council presidents elected by membership of those councils.

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Unicameral General Council

Unicameral Regional Council

Judicial Branch Court of Appeal (Cour d'Appel) in Basse-Terre; Assize Court (Cour d'assises) in Basse-Terre to try felonies, consisting of three judges and a popular jury; Several first instance courts of varying competence levels, in Basse-Terre, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Martin and Grand-Bourg.
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