The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory that operates under a parliamentary democracy with judicial, executive, and legislative branches. Listed by the UN Special Committee of 24, the Cayman Islands is one of the last non-self governing territories.
Appointed by Her Majesty’s Government, His Excellency, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE is the Governor of the Cayman Islands. Fulfilling a term of four years, Mr. Taylor presides over Cabinet, the ruling body of the country.
The existing constitution of the Cayman Islands, introduced on August 22, 1972, provides for the government of the Cayman Islands as a British Overseas Territory. It established a governing Cabinet comprised of two official members and five elected members called ministers. Put in place by the Governor, the two official members of Cabinet are Deputy Governor and Attorney General.
Although these officials have seats in the elected Legislative Assembly, they do not vote. The five ministers are voted into office by fifteen members of the Legislative Assembly. One of the ministers acts as the premier and is appointed as such by the Governor.
About 80 departments and sections carry out the duties of the government. These departments are joined by several statuary boards and authorities.
There are two main political parties within the Cayman Islands, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), though it is not uncommon for many vying for an elected position in the government to run as independents.
For additional information on the Cayman Islands Government, please visit www.gov.ky or www.legislativeassembly.ky.
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- The Cayman Islands is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
- The Cayman Islands has its own currency - but also accepts the US Dollar.
- Elections take place in May every 4 years. The next election is in 2013.