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Western Samoa


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Independent State of Western Samoa

        conventional short form:
        Western Samoa

    • Digraph:
      WS

    • Type:
      constitutional monarchy under native chief

    • Capital:
      Apia

    • Administrative divisions:
      11 districts; A'ana, Aiga-i-le-Tai, Atua, Fa'asaleleaga, Gaga'emauga, Gagaifomauga, Palauli, Satupa'itea, Tuamasaga, Va'a-o-Fonoti, Vaisigano

    • Independence:
      1 January 1962 (from UN trusteeship administered by New Zealand)

    • National holiday:
      National Day, 1 June (1962)

    • Constitution:
      1 January 1962

    • Legal system:
      based on English common law and local customs; judicial review of legislative acts with respect to fundamental rights of the citizen; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

    • Suffrage:
      21 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Chief Susuga Malietoa TANUMAFILI II (Co-Chief of State from 1 January 1962 until becoming sole Chief of State on 5 April 1963)

        head of government:
        Prime Minister TOFILAU Eti Alesana (since 7 April 1988)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the head of state with the prime minister's advice

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        Legislative Assembly (Fono):
        elections last held 5 April 1991 (next to be held by NA 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (47 total) HRPP 28, SNDP 18, independents 1

        note:
        only matai (head of family) are able to run for the Legislative Assembly

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court, Court of Appeal

    • Political parties and leaders:
      Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), TOFILAU Eti Alesana, chairman; Samoan National Development Party (SNDP), TAPUA Tamasese Efi, chairman

    • Member of:
      ACP, AsDB, C, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), IOC, ITU, SPARTECA, SPC, SPF, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WHO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Tuiloma Neroni SLADE

        chancery:
        820 Second Avenue, Suite 800, New York, NY 10017

        telephone:
        [1] (212) 599-6196, 6197

        FAX:
        [1] (212) 599-0797

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        the ambassador to New Zealand is accredited to Western Samoa

        embassy:
        5th floor, Beach Road, Apia

        mailing address:
        P.O. Box 3430, Apia

        telephone:
        [685] 21631

        FAX:
        [685] 22030

    • Flag:
      red with a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side quadrant bearing five white five-pointed stars representing the Southern Cross constellation






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