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Cocos Keeling Islands Government

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Country name: conventional long form:  Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands

conventional short form:  Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Dependency status: territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Department of the Environment, Sport, and Territories
Government type: NA
Capital: West Island
Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)
Independence: none (territory of Australia)
National holiday: NA
Constitution: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act of 1955
Legal system: based upon the laws of Australia and local laws
Suffrage: NA
Executive branch: chief of state:  Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general

head of government:  Administrator (non-resident) William Leonard TAYLOR (since 4 February 1999)

cabinet:  NA

elections:  none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the governor general of Australia and represents the monarch and Australia
Legislative branch: unicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (NA seats)
Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Magistrate's Court
Political parties and leaders: none
Political pressure groups and leaders: none
International organization participation: none
Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of Australia)
Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of Australia)
Flag description: the flag of Australia is used


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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