Who Owns the Bahamas?


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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a sovereign nation that gained its independence on July 10, 1973. Prior to that time, the Bahamas was a British colony for 325 years. Its constitution establishes a parliamentary democracy with the current British monarch as head of state.

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Although the British monarch is listed as the formal head of state, she is represented in the Bahamian government by a governor-general. The executive branch of government consists of a cabinet of at least nine ministers; the Bahamian government also includes legislative and judiciary branches.

Like other former British colonies, the Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth of Nations is not a governing body, but its member states agree to common ideals concerning democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

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