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Barbados, Government

Under the constitution of 1966, legislative power is vested in a parliament consisting of an upper house, the Senate, and a lower house, the House of Assembly. The Senate has 21 government-appointed members; the 28 members of the House of Assembly are elected by universal suffrage (all citizens over the age of 18). The British monarch, nominally the head of state, is represented by a governor-general who presides over a privy council appointed after consultation with the prime minister. A cabinet, composed of the prime minister and other ministers responsible to the parliament, directs and controls the government.

 
 

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