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    San Marino Government - 2004

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of San Marino
      conventional short form: San Marino
      local short form: San Marino
      local long form: Repubblica di San Marino

      Government type:
      independent republic

      San Marino

      Administrative divisions:
      9 municipalities (castelli, singular - castello); Acquaviva, Borgo Maggiore, Chiesanuova, Domagnano, Faetano, Fiorentino, Monte Giardino, San Marino, Serravalle

      3 September 301

      National holiday:
      Founding of the Republic, 3 September (301)

      8 October 1600; electoral law of 1926 serves some of the functions of a constitution

      Legal system:
      based on civil law system with Italian law influences; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: cochiefs of state Captain Regent Paolo BOLLINI and Captain Regent Marino RICCARDI (for the period 1 April-30 September 2004)
      elections: cochiefs of state (captains regent) elected by the Great and General Council for a six-month term; election last held NA March 2004 (next to be held NA September 2004); secretary of state for foreign and political affairs elected by the Great and General Council for a five-year term; election last held 17 December 2002 (next to be held NA June 2007)
      note: the popularly elected parliament (Grand and General Council) selects two of its members to serve as the Captains Regent (cochiefs of state) for a six-month period; they preside over meetings of the Grand and General Council and its cabinet (Congress of State), which has 10 other members, all selected by the Grand and General Council; assisting the captains regent are 10 secretaries of state; the secretary of state for Foreign Affairs has assumed some of the prerogatives of a prime minister
      election results: Paolo BOLLINI and Marino RICCARDI elected captains regent; percent of legislative vote - NA%; Fiorenzo STOLFI elected secretary of state for foreign and political affairs; percent of legislative vote - 40%
      cabinet: Congress of State elected by the Great and General Council for a five-year term
      head of government: Secretary of State for Foreign and Political Affairs Fiorenzo STOLFI (since 17 December 2002)

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Grand and General Council or Consiglio Grande e Generale (60 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 10 June 2001 (next to be held by June 2006)
      election results: percent of vote by party - PDCS 41.4%, PSS 24.2%, PD 20.8%, APDS 8.2%, RC 3.4%, AN 1.9%; seats by party - PDCS 25, PSS 15, PD 12, APDS 5, RC 2, AN 1

      Judicial branch:
      Council of Twelve or Consiglio dei XII

      Political parties and leaders:
      Communist Refoundation or RC [Ivan FOSHI]; Ideas in Movement or IM [Alessandro ROSSI]; National Alliance or AN [leader NA]; Party of Democrats or PD [Claudio FELICI]; San Marino Christian Democratic Party or PDCS [Giovanni LONFERNINI]; San Marino Popular Alliance of Democrats or APDS [Roberto GIORGETTI]; San Marino Socialist Party or PSS [Alberto CECCHETTI]; Socialists for Reform or SR [Renzo GIARDI]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      San Marino does not have an embassy in the US
      honorary consulate(s) general: Washington, DC and New York
      honorary consulate(s): Detroit and Honolulu

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      the US does not have an embassy in San Marino; the US Consul General in Florence (Italy) is accredited to San Marino

      Flag description:
      two equal horizontal bands of white (top) and light blue with the national coat of arms superimposed in the center; the coat of arms has a shield (featuring three towers on three peaks) flanked by a wreath, below a crown and above a scroll bearing the word LIBERTAS (Liberty)

      NOTE: The information regarding San Marino on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of San Marino Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about San Marino Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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