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Niue (self-governing in free association with New Zealand) Government

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

    Data code: NE

    Dependency status: self-governing in free association with New Zealand; Niue fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs

    Government type: self-governing parliamentary democracy

    Capital: Alofi

    Administrative divisions: none; note—there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 14 villages each with its own village council whose members are elected and serve three-year terms

    Independence: on 19 October 1974, Niue became a self-governing parliamentary government in free association with New Zealand

    National holiday: Waitangi Day, 6 February (1840) (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty)

    Constitution: 19 October 1974 (Niue Constitution Act)

    Legal system: English common law

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); the UK and New Zealand are represented by New Zealand High Commissioner Warren SEARELL (since NA August 1993)
    head of government: Premier Frank Fakaotimanava LUI (since 12 March 1993)
    cabinet: Cabinet consists of the premier and three ministers
    elections: the monarch is hereditary; premier elected by the Legislative Assembly for a three-year term; election last held 23 February 1996 (next to be held NA March 1999)
    election results: Frank Fakaotimanava LUI elected premier; percent of Legislative Assembly vote—NA

    Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (20 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve three-year terms; six elected from a common roll and 14 are village representatives)
    elections: last held 23 February 1996 (next to be held NA March 1999)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—NPP 9, independents 11

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court of New Zealand; High Court of Niue

    Political parties and leaders: Niue People's Action Party or NPP [Young VIVIAN]

    International organization participation: ESCAP (associate), Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UNESCO, WHO, WMO

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

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

    Flag description: yellow with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the flag of the UK bears five yellow five-pointed stars—a large one on a blue disk in the center and a smaller one on each arm of the bold red cross

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