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    Cook Islands Government - 1989
    https://theodora.com/wfb1989/cook_islands/cook_islands_government.html
    SOURCE: 1989 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Long-form name: none

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

      Capital: Avarua

      Administrative divisions: none

      Independence: 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

      Constitution: 4 August 1965

      National holiday: NA

      Branches: New Zealand governor general appoints representative to Cook Islands, who represents the Queen and the New Zealand Government; representative appoints the prime minister; popularly elected 24-member Parliament; 15-member House of Arikis (chiefs), appointed by representative, is an advisory body only

      Leader: @m5Chief of State--Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); @m5Head of Government--Prime Minister Geoffrey HENRY (since NA February 1989)

      Suffrage: universal adult

      Elections: every five years, last held January 1989

      Political parties and leaders: Cook Islands Party, Geoffrey Henry; Democratic Tumu Party, Vincent Ingram; Democratic Party, Dr. Vincent Pupuke Robati; Cook Islands Labor Party, Rena Jonassen; Cook Islands People's Party, Sadaraka Sadaraka

      Voting strength: 1989 parliamentary election--Cook Islands Party, 12 seats; Democratic Tumu Party, 2 seats; opposition coalition, including Democratic Party, 9 seats; independent, 1 seat

      Member of: ADB, IDA, IFC, IMF, SPF, SPEC, ESCAP (associate member)

      Diplomatic representation: none (self-governing in free association with NZ)

      Flag: 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 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Cook Islands Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Cook Islands Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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