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    Cook Islands Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form : Cook Islands

      Data code CW

      Dependency status free association with New Zealand; Cook Islands is fully responsiblefor internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs, in consultation with the Cook Islands

      Government type self-governing parliamentary democracy

      National capital Avarua

      Administrative divisions none

      Independence none (became self-governing in free association with New Zealand on4 August 1965 and has the right at any time to move to full independence byunilateral action)

      National holiday Constitution Day, 4 August

      Constitution 4 August 1965

      Legal system based on New Zealand law and English common law

      Suffrage NA years of age; universal adult

      Executive branch
      chief of state : Queen ELIZABETH II of the UK (since 6 February 1952), represented byApenera SHORT (since NA); New Zealand High Commissioner Darryl DUNN (sinceNA 1994), representative of New Zealand
      head of government: Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey A. HENRY (since 1 February 1989); DeputyPrime Minister Inatio AKARURU (since 1 February 1989)
      cabinet: Cabinet chosen by the prime minister; collectively responsible to Parliament
      elections : none; the queen is a hereditary monarch; the queen's representativeis appointed by the queen; the New Zealand high commissioner is appointedby the New Zealand Government; following legislative elections, the leaderof the party that wins the most seats usually becomes prime minister

      Legislative branch unicameral Parliament (25 seats; members elected by popular vote toserve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 6 March 1994 (next to be held by NA 1999)
      election results : percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Cook Islands Party 20,Democratic Party 3, Democratic Alliance Party 2
      note: the House of Arikis (chiefs) advises on traditional matters, but hasno legislative powers

      Judicial branch High Court

      Political parties and leaders Cook Islands Party, Geoffrey HENRY; Democratic Party, Sir Thomas DAVIS;Democratic Alliance Party, Norman GEORGE

      International organization participation AsDB, ESCAP (associate), FAO, ICAO, ICFTU, IFAD, Intelsat (nonsignatoryuser), IOC, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UNESCO, WHO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (self-governing in free association with New Zealand)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (self-governing in free association with New Zealand)

      Flag description blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and alarge circle of 15 white five-pointed stars (one for every island) centeredin the outer half of the flag

      NOTE: The information regarding Cook Islands 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 Cook Islands Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cook Islands Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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