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    Samoa Government - 2003
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    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name: conventional long form: Independent State of Samoa
      conventional short form: Samoa
      former: Western Samoa


      Government 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 New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship)


      National holiday: Independence Day Celebration, 1 June (1962); note - 1 January 1962 is the date of independence from the New Zealand-administered UN trusteeship, 1 June 1962 is the date that independence is celebrated


      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 Tanumafili II MALIETOA (cochief of state from 1 January 1962 until becoming sole chief of state 5 April 1963)
      head of government: Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi TUILA'EPA (since 24 November 1998); note - TUILA'EPA served as deputy prime minister from 1992 until he assumed the prime ministership in November 1998, when former Prime Minister TOFILAU Eti Alesana resigned in poor health; the post of deputy prime minister is currently vacant
      cabinet: Cabinet consists of 12 members, appointed by the chief of state with the prime minister's advice
      elections: upon the death of Chief Tanumafili II MALIETOA, a new chief of state will be elected by the Legislative Assembly to serve a five-year term; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party is usually appointed prime minister by the chief of state with the approval of the Legislative Assembly


      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly or Fono (49 seats - 47 elected by Samoans, 2 elected by non-Samoans; only chiefs or matai may stand for election to the Fono; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: election last held 3 March 2001 (next election to be held not later than March 2006)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - HRPP 30, SNDP 13, independents 6


      Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Court of Appeal


      Political parties and leaders: Christian Democratic Party [leader NA]; Human Rights Protection Party or HRPP [Sailele Malielegaoi TUILA'EPA, chairman]; Samoa All People's Party or SAPP [Matatumua NAIMOAGA]; Samoan National Development Party or SNDP [LE MAMEA Ropati, chairman] (opposition); Samoa National Party [FETU Tiatia, party secretary]; Samoan Progressive Conservative Party [LEOTA Ituau Ale]; Samoan United Independent Party or SUIP [leader NA]


      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA


      International organization participation: ACP, AsDB, C, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, IMO, IOC, ITU, OPCW, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO (observer)


      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Tuiloma Neroni SLADE
      FAX: [1] (212) 599-0797
      telephone: [1] (212) 599-6196, 6197
      chancery: 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400D, New York, NY 10017


      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: the Ambassador to New Zealand is accredited to Samoa
      embassy: 5th floor John Williams Building, Beach Road, Apia
      mailing address: P. O. Box 3430, Apia
      telephone: [685] 21631
      FAX: [685] 22030


      Flag description: 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 Samoa on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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