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Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands Government Stats

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  • Administrative divisions: This entry generally gives the numbers, designatory terms, and first-order administrative divisions as approved by the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN). Changes that have been reported but not yet acted on by BGN are noted.
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  • Suffrage: The age at enfranchisement and whether the right to vote is universal or restricted
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Administrative divisions none (commonwealth in political union with the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are four municipalities at the second order: Northern Islands, Rota, Saipan, Tinian 2013
Capital city > Geographic coordinates 15 12 N, 145 45 E 2008
Capital city > Name Saipan 2011
Constitution partially effective 1 January 1978 (Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); fully effective 4 November 1986 (Covenant Agreement); amended several times, last in 2012 2012
Country name > Conventional long form Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 2013
Executive branch > Cabinet the cabinet consists of the heads of the 10 principal departments under the executive branch who are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate; other members include special assistants to the governor and office heads appointed by and reporting directly to the governor 2013
Executive branch > Head of government Governor Eloy S. INOS (since 20 February 2013); Lieutenant Governor Jude U. HOFSCHNEIDER (since 20 February 2013) 2013
Government type commonwealth; self-governing with locally elected governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature 2013
International organization participation SPC, UPU 2013
Judicial branch Commonwealth Supreme Court (consists of three justices appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Commonwealth Senate; appeals of Commonwealth Supreme Court decisions referred to the US Supreme Court); Superior Court (consists of five judges appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Commonwealth Senate); US Federal District Court (judges are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the US Senate) 2012
Legal system US system applies, except for customs, wages, immigration laws, and taxation 2013
Legislative branch bicameral legislature consists of the Senate 2011
Political parties and leaders Covenant Party [Benigno R. FITIAL]
Democratic Party [Dr. Carlos S. CAMACHO]
Republican Party [Juan S. REYES]
2013
Political pressure groups and leaders NA 2011
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

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Northern Mariana Islands Government Profiles (Subcategories)

Capital 3 Executive branch 5
Capital city 3 Legislative branch 4
Country name 4