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    American Samoa Government 2000

      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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