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    Islas de Cook Gobierno 2000

      Nombre del Pa�s:
      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form: Cook Islands

      C�digo: CW

      Dependency status: self-governing in free association with New Zealand; Cook Islands is fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs, in consultation with the Cook Islands

      Tipo de Gobierno: self-governing parliamentary democracy

      Capital: Avarua

      Divisiones Administrativas: none

      Independencia: none (became self-governing in free association with New Zealand on 4 August 1965 and has the right at any time to move to full independence by unilateral action)

      Feriado Nacional: Constitution Day, 4 August (1965)

      Constituci�n: 4 August 1965

      Sistema Legal: based on New Zealand law and English common law

      Sufragio: NA years of age; universal adult

      Rama Ejecutiva:
      chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Apenera SHORT (since NA); New Zealand High Commissioner Jon JONESSEN (since NA January 1998), representative of New Zealand
      head of government: Prime Minister Dr. Terepai MAOATE (since 18 November 1999); Deputy Prime Minister Norman GEORGE (since NA)
      cabinet: Cabinet chosen by the prime minister; collectively responsible to Parliament
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the UK representative is appointed by the monarch; the New Zealand high commissioner is appointed by the New Zealand Government; following legislative elections, the leader of the party that wins the most seats usually becomes prime minister
      note: ten years of rule by the Cook Islands Party (CIP) came to an end 18 November 1999 with the resignation of Prime Minister Joe WILLIAMS; WILLIAMS had led a minority government since October 1999 when the New Alliance Party (NAP) left the government coalition and joined the main opposition Democratic Alliance Party (DAP); on 18 November 1999, DAP leader Dr. Terepai MAOATE was sworn in as prime minister

      Rama Legislativa: unicameral Parliament (25 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held NA June 1999 (next to be held by NA 2004)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - CIP 12, DAP 12, NAP 1
      note: the House of Arikis (chiefs) advises on traditional matters, but has no legislative powers

      Rama Judicial: High Court

      Partidos Pol�ticos y l�deres: Cook Islands Party or CIP [Joe WILLIAMS]; Democratic Alliance Party or DAP [Terepai MAOATE]; New Alliance Party or NAP [leader NA]

      Participaci�n de Organizaciones Internacionales: AsDB, ESCAP (associate), FAO, ICAO, ICFTU, IFAD, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), IOC, OPCW, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UNESCO, WHO, WMO

      Representantes Diplom�ticos en EU: none (self-governing in free association with New Zealand)

      Representantes Dimplom�ticos de EU: none (self-governing in free association with New Zealand)

      Descripci�n de la Bandera: blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large circle of 15 white five-pointed stars (one for every island) centered in the outer half of the flag

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