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    Tonga Government - 2006
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    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Kingdom of Tonga
      conventional short form: Tonga
      former: Friendly Islands

      Government type:
      hereditary constitutional monarchy

      Capital:
      Nuku'alofa

      Administrative divisions:
      3 island groups; Ha'apai, Tongatapu, Vava'u

      Independence:
      4 June 1970 (from UK protectorate)

      National holiday:
      Emancipation Day, 4 June (1970)

      Constitution:
      4 November 1875; revised 1 January 1967

      Legal system:
      based on English law

      Suffrage:
      21 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: King Taufa'ahau TUPOU IV (since 16 December 1965)
      head of government: Acting Prime Minister Feleti SEVELE (since 11 February 2006); Deputy Prime Minister James C. COCKER (since January 2001)
      cabinet: Cabinet currently consists of 14 members, 10 appointed by the monarch for life; 4 appointed from among the elected members of the Legislative Assembly, including 2 each from the nobles and peoples representatives serving three year terms
      note: there is also a Privy Council that consists of the monarch, the cabinet, and two governors
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; prime minister and deputy prime minister appointed by the monarch

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Legislative Assembly or Fale Alea (32 seats - 14 reserved for cabinet ministers sitting ex officio, 9 for nobles selected by the country's 33 nobles, and 9 elected by popular vote; members serve three-year terms)
      elections: last held 21 March 2005 (next to be held in 2008)
      election results: Peoples Representatives: percent of vote - HRDMT 70%; seats - HRDMT 7, independents 2

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the monarch); Court of Appeal (Chief Justice and high court justices from overseas chosen and approved by Privy Council)

      Political parties and leaders:
      People's Democratic Party [Tesina FUKO]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Human Rights and Democracy Movement Tonga or HRDMT [Rev. Simote VEA, chairman]; Public Servant's Association [Finau TUTONE]

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

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Fekitamoeloa 'UTOIKAMANU
      chancery: 250 East 51st Street, New York, NY 10022
      telephone: [1] (917) 369-1025
      FAX: [1] (917) 369-1024
      consulate(s) general: San Francisco

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

      Flag description:
      red with a bold red cross on a white rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner


      NOTE: The information regarding Tonga 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 Tonga Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tonga Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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    Revised 06-Jun-06
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