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Nauru Government 1996

    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Nauru

        conventional short form:

        Pleasant Island

    • Digraph:

    • Type:

    • Capital:
      no official capital; government offices in Yaren District

    • Administrative divisions:
      14 districts; Aiwo, Anabar, Anetan, Anibare, Baiti, Boe, Buada, Denigomodu, Ewa, Ijuw, Meneng, Nibok, Uaboe, Yaren

    • Independence:
      31 January 1968 (from the Australia, New Zealand, and UK-administered UN trusteeship)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 31 January (1968)

    • Constitution:
      29 January 1968

    • Legal system:
      own Acts of Parliament and British common law

    • Suffrage:
      20 years of age; universal and compulsory

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state and head of government:
        President Bernard DOWIYOGO (since 12 December 1989); election last held 19 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1995); results - Bernard DOWIYOGO elected by Parliament

        Cabinet; appointed by the president from the parliament

    • Legislative branch:

        elections last held on 14 November 1992 (next to be held NA November 1995); results - percent of vote NA; seats - (18 total) independents 18

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:

    • Member of:
      AsDB, C (special), ESCAP, ICAO, INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), INTERPOL, ITU, SPARTECA, SPC, SPF, UPU

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        Agana (Guam)

    • US diplomatic representation:
      the US Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Nauru

    • Flag:
      blue with a narrow, horizontal, yellow stripe across the center and a large white 12-pointed star below the stripe on the hoist side; the star indicates the country's location in relation to the Equator (the yellow stripe) and the 12 points symbolize the 12 original tribes of Nauru

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