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American Samoa (territory of the US) Government 1999

    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 by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Pago Pago

    Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are three districts and two islands* at the second order; Eastern, Manu'a, Rose Island*, Swains Island*, Western

    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 William Jefferson CLINTON of the US (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 Governor Togiola TULAFONO (since 3 January 1997)
    cabinet: NA
    elections: US president and vice president elected on the same ticket for four-year terms; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 3 November 1996 (next to be held 7 November 2000)
    election results: Tauese P. SUNIA elected governor; 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 the Senate (18 seats; members are elected from local chiefs and serve four-year terms)
    elections: House of Representatives—last held NA November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2000); 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; election last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held 7 November 2000); results—Eni R. F. H. FALEOMAVAEGA (Democrat) reelected as delegate for a sixth term

    Judicial branch: High Court (chief justice and associate justices are appointed by the US Secretary of the Interior)

    Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party [leader NA]; Republican Party [leader 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 side and extends to the hoist side; a brown and white American bald eagle flying toward the hoist side is carrying two traditional Samoan symbols of authority, a staff and a war club

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Revised 1-Mar-99
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