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    Samoa Government - 2006
    https://theodora.com/wfbcurrent/samoa/samoa_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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

      Government type:
      mix of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy

      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 1996); note - TUILA'EPA served as deputy prime minister from 1992 and assumed the duties of acting prime minister in 1996, when former Prime Minister TOFILAU Eti Alesana resigned in poor health; TUILA'EPA was confirmed as prime minister (November 1998) after TOFILAU died; Deputy Prime Minister MISA Telefoni (since 2001)
      cabinet: Cabinet consists of 12 members, appointed by the chief of state on 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 voters affiliated with traditional village-based electoral districts, 2 elected by independent, mostly non-Samoan or part-Samoan, voters who cannot, (or choose not to) establish a village affiliation; only chiefs (matai) may stand for election to the Fono from the 47 village-based electorates; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: election last held 31 March 2006 (next election to be held not later than March 2011)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - HRPP 35, SDUP 10, independents 4

      Judicial branch:
      Court of Appeal; Supreme Court; District Court; Land and Titles Court

      Political parties and leaders:
      Human Rights Protection Party or HRPP [Sailele Malielegaoi TUILA'EPA]; Samoa Christian Party or TCP [Tuala Tiresa MALIETOA]; Samoa Democratic United Party or SDUP [LE MAMEA Ropati]; Samoa Party or SP [Su'a Rimoni Ah CHONG]; Samoa Progressive Political Party or SPPP [Toeolesulusulu SIUEVA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

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

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

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: US Ambassador to New Zealand is accredited to Samoa
      embassy: Accident Compensation Board (ACB) Building, 5th Floor, Apia
      mailing address: P. O. Box 3430, Apia, Samoa 0815
      telephone: [685] 21436/21452/21631/22696
      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 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Samoa Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Samoa Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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