Saturday, June 23, 2012

Honduras: Political Profile

A Political Profile

Country's Name: Republic of Honduras
Capital City: Tegucigalpa
Type of Government: democratic constitutional republic
Independence Date: September 15, 1821 (from Spain)

Chief of State (public face): President Porfirio Lobo Sosa
Head of State (actual leader): President Porfirio Lobo Sosa

Description of Executive Powers:
President (who serves as both Chief of State and Head of State) and Vice President are elected by popular vote for a four-year term; the last election was held on November 29, 2009 with the next to be held in November 2013. Additionally, the President appoints a Cabinet.

Description of Legislative Powers:
A unicameral National Congress (Congreso Nacional) with 128 seats; members are elected proportionally by the various departments to serve a four-year term.  The last elections were held on November 29, 2009 with the next to be held in November 2013.

Description of Judicial Powers:
The Supreme Court of Justice (Corte Suprema de Justicia) has 15 judges which are elected for seven-year terms by the National Congress.

Suffrage (voting rights): 18 years of age; universal and compulsory

Their Ambassador to U.S.: Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro
Location of Embassy in U.S.: Washington, DC
Location of Consulates in U.S.: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco (honorary in Jacksonville)

U.S. Ambassador to Them: Lisa J. Kubiske
Location of U.S. Embassy There: Tegucigalpa
Location of U.S. Consulates There: none

Representative to the UN: Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake

three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white (middle), and blue (bottom), with five blue five-pointed stars arranged in an "X" pattern centered in the white band; the stars represent the members of the former Federal Republic of Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua); the blue bands symbolize the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; the white band represents the land between the two bodies of water and the peace and prosperity of its people

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