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Antigua and Barbuda Political System

Since independence in 1981, Antigua and Barbuda have been a democratic and parliamentary unity state, but still have the British queen as the formal head of state. The Queen's functions are taken care of by a Governor General with a national background. The voting age is 18 years. The legislative power has been added to a Senate (appointed by the Governor General) and a House of Representatives, each of 17 members; the term of office is five years. The prime minister and government, which holds the executive authority, are appointed by the Governor-General, but are responsible to the House of Representatives. In practice, the country has a two-party system. Barbuda has its own elected assembly with 9 members, elected for two years.

Political System of Antigua and Barbuda

The judiciary is independent and part of the eastern Caribbean jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has its seat in Saint Lucia. One of its judges lives in and is responsible for Antigua and Barbuda and heads the island court's summary jurisdiction. Magistrate dishes take care of smaller cases.

Antigua and Barbuda defense

Antigua and Barbuda do not have general military duty, but voluntary military service from the age of 18. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for how AG can stand for Antigua and Barbuda. The Defense Force has a lightly equipped army force with 180 active personnel, of which 50 are Coast Guard personnel, with a joint reserve of 80 personnel (2018, IISS). The Defense Force is used for operations against drug smuggling, rescue missions and support in humanitarian operations.

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