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    Cook Islands Government - 2004
    https://immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/cook_islands/cook_islands_government.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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

      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 and defense, in consultation with the Cook Islands

      Government type:
      self-governing parliamentary democracy

      Capital:
      Avarua

      Administrative divisions:
      none

      Independence:
      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)

      National holiday:
      Constitution Day, first Monday in August (1965)

      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 (since 6 February 1952), represented by Frederick GOODWIN (since NA); New Zealand High Commissioner Kurt MEYER (since NA), representative of New Zealand
      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 majority party or the leader of the majority coalition usually becomes prime minister
      head of government: Prime Minister Dr. Robert WOONTON (since 12 February 2002); Deputy Prime Minister Ngamau MUNOKOA (since 5 November 2003)
      cabinet: Cabinet chosen by the prime minister; collectively responsible to Parliament

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral Parliament (25 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 16 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 Ariki (chiefs) advises on traditional matters and maintains considerable influence, but has no legislative powers

      Judicial branch:
      High Court

      Political parties and leaders:
      Cook Islands People's Party or CIP [Geoffrey HENRY]; Democratic Alliance Party or DAP [Terepai MAOATE]; New Alliance Party or NAP [Norman GEORGE]; Cook Islands National Party or CIN [Teariki HEATHER]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACP, AsDB, FAO, ICAO, ICFTU, IFAD, IFRCS, IOC, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, 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 a large circle of 15 white five-pointed stars (one for every island) centered in the outer half of the flag


      NOTE: The information regarding Cook Islands on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cook Islands Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cook Islands Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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