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    American Samoa Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Territory of American Samoa

      Type: unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US

      Capital: Pago Pago

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US)

      Independence: none (territory of the US)

      Constitution: ratified 1966, in effect 1967

      National holiday: Flag Day, 17 April (1900)

      Branches: executive--governor is popularly elected to a four-year term and exercises authority under the direction of the US Secretary of Interior; legislative--bicameral legislature (known as the Fono) with a Senate of 18 members chosen by county councils to serve four-year terms and a House of Representatives with 20 members popularly elected to serve two-year terms, plus a nonvoting delegate from Swain's Island; judicial--High Court with chief justice and associate justices appointed by the US secretary of interior

      Leader: @m5Chief of State--President George BUSH (since 20 January 1989); Vice President Dan QUAYLE (since 20 January 1989); @m5Head of Government--Governor Peter T. COLEMAN (since NA November 1988); Lieutenant Governor Faleomavaega Eni HUNKIN (since NA 19 )

      Suffrage: 18 years of age and older

      Elections: Governor elected November 1988; next election November 1992

      Communists: none

      Note: administered by the US Department of Interior, Office of Territorial and International Affairs; indigenous inhabitants are US nationals, not citizens of the US; one nonvoting delegate elected to US House of Representatives

      Diplomatic representation: none (territory of the US)

      Flag: blue with a white triangle edged in red that is based on the fly side and extends to the hoist side; a brown and white American bald eagle flying toward the hoist side is carrying two traditional Samoan symbols of authority, a staff and a war club

      NOTE: The information regarding American Samoa on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of American Samoa Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about American Samoa Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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