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    Tokelau Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Tokelau

      Dependency status: self-administering territory of New Zealand; note - Tokelauans are drafting a constitution and developing institutions and patterns of self-government as Tokelau moves toward free association with New Zealand

      Government type: NA

      Capital: none; each atoll has its own administrative center

      Administrative divisions: none (territory of New Zealand)

      Independence: none (territory of New Zealand)

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

      Constitution: administered under the Tokelau Islands Act of 1948, as amended in 1970

      Legal system: New Zealand and local statutes

      Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); the UK and New Zealand are represented by Administrator Lindsay WATT (since NA March 1993)
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; administrator appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand; the head of government is chosen from the Council of Faipule and serves a one-year term
      head of government: Aliki Faipule Pio TUIA (since NA 2002)
      cabinet: the Council of Faipule, consisting of three elected leaders - one from each atoll - functions as a cabinet

      Legislative branch: unicameral General Fono (48 seats; members chosen by each atoll's Council of Elders or Taupulega to serve three-year terms); note - the Tokelau Amendment Act of 1996 confers limited legislative power on the General Fono

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court in New Zealand exercises civil and criminal jurisdiction in Tokelau

      Political parties and leaders: none

      Political pressure groups and leaders: none

      International organization participation: SPC, UNESCO (associate), WHO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of New Zealand)

      Diplomatic representation from the US: none (territory of New Zealand)

      Flag description: the flag of New Zealand is used

      NOTE: The information regarding Tokelau 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 Tokelau Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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