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ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is head of state and is represented on the island by a governor general, an office with mostly ceremonial functions. Control of the government rests with the prime minister and the cabinet.

The parliament is a unicameral body with a 15-member elected house of assembly and a six-member appointed senate. The governor general appoints senators, four on the advice of the prime minister and two on the advice of the leader of the opposition. The parliamentary term of office is five years, although the prime minister may call elections at any time.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
Governor General Ballantyne, Frederick Nathaniel, Sir
Prime Minister Gonsalves, Ralph E.
Dep. Prime Minister Straker, Louis
Min. of Agriculture, Lands, & Fisheries Miguel, Girlyn
Min. of Commerce & Trade Straker, Louis
Min. of Education, Youth, & Sports Browne, Mike
Min. of Finance Gonsalves, Ralph E.
Min. of Foreign Affairs Straker, Louis
Min. of Grenadine Affairs & Legal Affairs Gonsalves, Ralph E.
Min. of Health & the Environment Slater, Douglas
Min. of Information Gonsalves, Ralph E.
Min. of Labor Gonsalves, Ralph E.
Min. of National Security, the Public Service, & Airport Development Beache, Vincent
Min. of Planning & Economic Development Gonsalves, Ralph E.
Min. of Social Development, Cooperatives, the Family, Gender Affairs, & Ecclesiastical Affairs Walters, Selmon
Min. of Telecommunications, Science, Technology, & Industry Thompson, Jerrol
Min. of Tourism & Culture Baptiste, Rene
Min. of Transport, Works, & Housing Francis, Julian
Attorney General Jones Morgan, Judith
Ambassador to the US John, Ellsworth
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Hughes Ferrari, Margaret