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Wallis and Futuna (overseas territory of France) Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
    conventional short form: Wallis and Futuna
    local long form: Territoire des Iles Wallis et Futuna
    local short form: Wallis et Futuna

    Data code: WF

    Dependency status: overseas territory of France

    Government type: NA

    Capital: Mata-Utu (on Ile Uvea)

    Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are three kingdoms named Wallis, Sigave, Alo

    Independence: none (overseas territory of France)

    Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

    Legal system: French legal system

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Administrator Claude PIERRET (since NA)
    head of government: President of the Territorial Assembly Victor BRIAL (since 1 June 1997)
    cabinet: Council of the Territory consists of three kings and three members appointed by the high administrator on the advice of the Territorial Assembly
    note: there are three traditional kings with limited powers
    elections: French president elected by popular vote for a seven-year term; high administrator appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of the Interior; the presidents of the Territorial Government and the Territorial Assembly are elected by the members of the assembly

    Legislative branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale (20 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
    elections: last held 16 March 1997 (next to be held NA March 2002)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—NA
    note: Wallis and Futuna elects one senator to the French Senate and one deputy to the French National Assembly; French Senate—elections last held 27 September 1998 (next to be held by NA September 2007); results—percent of vote by party—NA; seats—RPR 1; French National Assembly—elections last held 25 May-1 June 1997 (next to be held by NA March 2002); results—percent of vote by party—NA; seats—RPR 1

    Judicial branch: none; justice generally administered under French law by the high administrator, but the three traditional kings administer customary law and there is a magistrate in Mata-Utu

    Political parties and leaders: Rally for the Republic or RPR [leader NA]; Union Populaire Locale or UPL [leader NA]; Union Pour la Democratie Francaise or UDF [leader NA]; Lua kae tahi (Giscardians) [leader NA]; Mouvement des Radicaux de Gauche or MRG [leader NA]; Taumu'a Lelei [leader NA]

    International organization participation: FZ, SPC

    Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of France)

    Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas territory of France)

    Flag description: a large white modified Maltese cross centered on a red background; the flag of France outlined in white on two sides is in the upper hoist quadrant; the flag of France is used for official occasions

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