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Tokelau (territory of New Zealand) Government

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

    Data code: TL

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

    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, 6 February (1840) (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand)

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

    Legal system: British 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)
    head of government: Aliki Faipule FALIMATEAO (since NA 1997)
    cabinet: the Council of Faipule, consisting of three elected leaders, one from each atoll; 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 (45 seats—15 from each of the three atolls; members chosen by each atoll's Council of Elders or Taupulega to serve three-year terms); note—the Tokelau Amendment Act of 1996 confers legislative power on the General Fono

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

    Political parties and leaders: none

    International organization participation: SPC, 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

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