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    Tuvalu Government - 1990

      Long-form name: none

      Type: democracy

      Capital: Funafuti

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 1 October 1978 (from UK; formerly Ellice Islands)

      Constitution: 1 October 1978

      National holiday: Independence Day, 1 October (1978)

      Executive branch: British monarch, governor general, prime minister, deputy prime minister, Cabinet

      Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament

      Judicial branch: High Court

      Leaders: Chief of State--Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Tupua LEUPENA (since 1 March 1986); Head of Government--Prime Minister Bikenibeu PAENIU (since 16 October 1989); Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Alesana SELUKA (since October 1989)

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Suffrage: universal at age 18

      Elections: Parliament--last held 28 September 1989 (next to be held by September 1993); results--percent of vote NA; seats--(12 total)

      Member of: ACP, ESCAP (associate member), GATT (de facto), SPF, SPC, UPU

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador (vacant); US--none

      Flag: light blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the outer half of the flag represents a map of the country with nine yellow five-pointed stars symbolizing the nine islands

      NOTE: The information regarding Tuvalu on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Tuvalu Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tuvalu Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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