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    Niue Government - 1991

      Long-form name: none

      Type: self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; Niue fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs

      Capital: Alofi

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: became a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand on 19 October 1974

      Constitution: 19 October 1974 (Niue Constitution Act)

      Legal system: English common law

      National holiday: Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty), 6 February (1840)

      Executive branch: British monarch, premier, Cabinet

      Legislative branch: Legislative Assembly

      Judicial branch: Appeal Court of New Zealand, High Court

      Leaders: Chief of State--Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by New Zealand Representative John SPRINGFORD (since 1974); Head of Government--Premier Sir Robert R. REX (since NA October 1974)

      Suffrage: universal adult at age 18

      Political parties and leaders: Niue Island Party (NIP), Young VIVIAN

      Elections: Legislative Assembly--last held on 8 April 1990 (next to be held March 1993); results--percent of vote NA; seats--(20 total, 6 elected) independents 5, NIP 1

      Member of: ESCAP (associate), SPC, SPF

      Diplomatic representation: none (self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand)

      Flag: yellow with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the flag of the UK bears five yellow five-pointed stars--a large one on a blue disk in the center and a smaller one on each arm of the bold red cross

      NOTE: The information regarding Niue on this page is re-published from the 1991 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Niue Government 1991 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Niue Government 1991 should be addressed to the CIA.

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