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Kiribati Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Republic of Kiribati
    conventional short form: Kiribati
    note: pronounced kir-ih-bahss
    former: Gilbert Islands

    Data code: KR

    Government type: republic

    Capital: Tarawa

    Administrative divisions: 3 units; Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands
    note: in addition, there are 6 districts (Banaba, Central Gilberts, Line Islands, Northern Gilberts, Southern Gilberts, Tarawa) and 21 island councils—one for each of the inhabited islands (Abaiang, Abemama, Aranuka, Arorae, Banaba, Beru, Butaritari, Kanton, Kiritimati, Kuria, Maiana, Makin, Marakei, Nikunau, Nonouti, Onotoa, Tabiteuea, Tabuaeran, Tamana, Tarawa, Teraina)

    Independence: 12 July 1979 (from UK)

    National holiday: Independence Day, 12 July (1979)

    Constitution: 12 July 1979

    Legal system: NA

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President (Beretitenti) Teburoro TITO (since 1 October 1994); Vice President (Kauoman-ni-Beretitenti) Tewareka TENTOA (since 12 October 1994); note—the president is both the chief of state and head of government
    head of government: President (Beretitenti) Teburoro TITO (since 1 October 1994); Vice President (Kauoman-ni-Beretitenti) Tewareka TENTOA (since 12 October 1994); note—the president is both the chief of state and head of government
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president from among the members of the House of Assembly, includes the president, vice president, attorney general, and up to eight other ministers
    elections: president elected by popular vote for a four-year term; note—the House of Assembly chooses the presidential candidates from among their members and then those candidates compete in a general election; election last held 27 November 1998 (next to be held by NA November 2002); vice president appointed by the president
    election results: Teburoro TITO reelected president; percent of vote—Teburoro TITO 52.3%, Dr. Harry TONG 45.8%, Amberoti NIKORA 1.9%, Taberannang TIMEON 0%

    Legislative branch: unicameral House of Assembly or Maneaba Ni Maungatabu (41 seats; 39 elected by popular vote, one ex officio member, and one nominated to represent Banaba; members serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 23 September 1998 (next to be held by NA September 2002)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—Maneaban Te Mauri Party 14, National Progressive Party 11, independents 14

    Judicial branch: Court of Appeal, judges at all levels are appointed by the president; High Court, judges at all levels are appointed by the president; 26 Magistrates' courts, judges at all levels are appointed by the president

    Political parties and leaders: National Progressive Party [Teatao TEANNAKI]; New Movement Party [leader NA]; Liberal Party [Tewareka TENTOA]; Maneaban Te Mauri Party [Teburoro TITO]
    note: there is no tradition of formally organized political parties in Kiribati; they more closely resemble factions or interest groups because they have no party headquarters, formal platforms, or party structures

    International organization participation: ACP, AsDB, C, ESCAP, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, ITU, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WTrO (applicant)

    Diplomatic representation in the US: Kiribati does not have an embassy in the US; there is an honorary consulate in Honolulu

    Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an embassy in Kiribati; the ambassador to the Marshall Islands is accredited to Kiribati

    Flag description: the upper half is red with a yellow frigate bird flying over a yellow rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean

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