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    Western Samoa Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Independent State of Western Samoa

      Type: constitutional monarchy under native chief

      Capital: Apia

      Administrative divisions: 11 districts; Aana, Aiga-i-le-Tai, Atua, Faasaleleaga, Gagaemauga, Gagaifomauga, Palauli, Satupaitea, Tuamasaga, Vaa-o-Fonoti, Vaisigano

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

      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

      National holiday: National Day, 1 June

      Branches: head of state and Executive Council; unicameral legislature (47-member Legislative Assembly); Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Land and Titles Court, village courts

      Leaders: TANUMAFILI II Malietoa, Head of State (since 1962); Tofilau ETI, Prime Minister (since February 1988)

      Suffrage: 45 members of Legislative Assembly are elected by holders of matai (heads of family) titles (about 12,000 persons); two members are elected by universal adult suffrage of persons lacking traditional family ties

      Elections: held triennially; last held February 1988

      Political parties and leaders: Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), Tofilau Eti, chairman; Samoan National Development Party (SNDP), Tupua Tamasese Efi, chairman

      Voting strength: (26 February 1988 Legislative Assembly election--47 seats total) HRPP 25 seats; SNDP, 22 seats

      Member of: ADB, Commonwealth, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IMF, South Pacific Commission, SPF, UN, UNESCO, WHO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Maiava Iulai TOMA; Chancery (temporary) at the Western Samoan Mission to the UN, 820 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (212) 599-6196; US--none

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

      NOTE: The information regarding Western 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 Western Samoa Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Western Samoa Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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