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    American Samoa Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: Territory of American Samoa
      conventional short form: American Samoa
      abbreviation: AS

      Data code AQ

      Dependency status unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US; administered bythe US Department of Interior, Office of Territorial and International Affairs

      Government type NA

      National capital Pago Pago

      Administrative divisions none (territory of the US)

      Independence none (territory of the US)

      National holiday Territorial Flag Day, 17 April (1900)

      Constitution ratified 1966, in effect 1967

      Legal system NA

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state : President of the US William Jefferson CLINTON (since 20 January 1993)and Vice President Albert GORE, Jr. (since 20 January 1993)
      head of government: Governor Tauese P. SUNIA (since 3 January 1997) and Lieutenant GovernorTogiola Tulafono (since 3 January 1997)
      cabinet: NA
      elections: governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popularvote for four-year terms; election last held 3 November 1996 (next to be held7 November 2000)
      election results: Tauese P. SUNIA elected governor of American Samoa; percent of vote- Tauese P. SUNIA (Democrat) 51%, Peter REID (Independent) 49%

      Legislative branch bicameral Fono or Legislative Assembly consists of the House of Representatives(21 seats - 20 of which are elected by popular vote and 1 is an appointed,nonvoting delegate from Swains Island; members serve two-year terms) and theSenate (18 seats; members are elected from local chiefs who serve four-yearterms)
      elections: House of Representatives - last held 5 November 1996 (next to be heldNA November 1998); Senate - last held 3 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000)
      election results : House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party- NA; Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA
      note: American Samoa elects one delegate to the US House of Representatives;elections last held 5 November 1996 (next to be held NA November 1998); results- Eni R. F. H. FALEOMAVAEGA reelected as delegate

      Judicial branch High Court, chief justice and associate justices are appointed by theUS Secretary of the Interior

      Political parties and leaders NA

      International organization participation ESCAP (associate), Interpol (subbureau), IOC, SPC

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (territory of the US)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (territory of the US)

      Flag description blue with a white triangle edged in red that is based on the outer sideand extends to the hoist side; a brown and white American bald eagle flyingtoward the hoist side is carrying two traditional Samoan symbols of authority,a staff and a war club

      NOTE: The information regarding American Samoa on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of American Samoa Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about American Samoa Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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