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    Tokelau Government - 2005

      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:

      none; each atoll has its own administrative center

      Administrative divisions:
      none (territory of New Zealand)

      none (territory of New Zealand)

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

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

      Legal system:
      New Zealand and local statutes

      21 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General of New Zealand Dame Silvia CARTWRIGHT (since 4 April 2001); New Zealand is represented by Administrator Neil WALTER (since 1 March 2003)
      head of government: Pio TUIA (since February 2005); note - position rotates annually among the three Faipule (village leaders)
      cabinet: the Council for the Ongoing Government of Tokelau, consisting of three Faipule (village leaders) and three Pulenuku (village mayors) functions as a cabinet
      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

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral General Fono (21 seats; based upon proportional representation from the three islands elected by popular vote to serve three-year terms; Nukunonu has 6 seats, Fakaofo has 7 seats, Atafu has 8 seats); note - the Tokelau Amendment Act of 1996 confers limited legislative power on the General Fono
      elections: last held January 2002 (next to be held January 2005)

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

      Political parties and leaders:

      Political pressure groups and leaders:

      International organization participation:
      UNESCO (associate), UPU

      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 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Tokelau Government 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tokelau Government 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.

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