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    Tuvalu Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Tuvalu
      note: "Tuvalu" means "group of eight," referring to the country's eight traditionally inhabited islands
      former: Ellice Islands

      Government type: constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy; began debating republic status in 1992

      Capital: Funafuti

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 1 October 1978 (from UK)

      National holiday: Independence Day, 1 October (1978)

      Constitution: 1 October 1978

      Legal system: NA

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Sir Tomasi PUAPUA, M.D. (since 26 June 1998)
      elections: the monarch is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the recommendation of the prime minister; prime minister and deputy prime minister elected by and from the members of Parliament; election last held 2 August 2002 (next to be held NA)
      election results: Saufatu SOPOANGA elected prime minister; Parliamentary vote - Saufatu SOPOANGA 8, Amasone KILEI 7
      cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the recommendation of the prime minister
      head of government: Prime Minister Saufatu SOPOANGA (since 2 August 2002)

      Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament or Fale I Fono, also called House of Assembly (15 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 25 July 2002 (next to be held NA 2006)
      election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 15

      Judicial branch: High Court (a chief justice visits twice a year to preside over its sessions; its rulings can be appealed to the Court of Appeal in Fiji); eight Island Courts (with limited jurisdiction)

      Political parties and leaders: there are no political parties but members of Parliament usually align themselves in informal groupings

      Political pressure groups and leaders: none

      International organization participation: ACP, AsDB, C, ESCAP, IFRCS (associate), ITU, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WTrO (applicant)

      Diplomatic representation in the US: Tuvalu does not have an embassy in the US - the country's only diplomatic post is in Fiji - Tuvalu does, however, have a UN office located at 800 2nd Avenue, Suite 400D, New York, New York 10017, telephone: [1] (212) 490-0534

      Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an embassy in Tuvalu; the US ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Tuvalu

      Flag description: 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 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 Tuvalu Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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