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    Kiribati Government - 2004
    http://www.immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/kiribati/kiribati_government.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Kiribati
      conventional short form: Kiribati
      former: Gilbert Islands
      note: pronounced keer-ree-bahss

      Government type:
      republic

      Capital:
      Tarawa

      Administrative divisions:
      3 units; Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands; note - in addition, there are 6 districts (Banaba, Central Gilberts, Line Islands, Northern Gilberts, Southern Gilberts, Tarawa) and 21 island councils - one for each of the inhabited islands (Abaiang, Abemama, Aranuka, Arorae, Banaba, Beru, Butaritari, Kanton, Kiritimati, Kuria, Maiana, Makin, Marakei, Nikunau, Nonouti, Onotoa, Tabiteuea, Tabuaeran, Tamana, Tarawa, Teraina)

      Independence:
      12 July 1979 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 12 July (1979)

      Constitution:
      12 July 1979

      Legal system:
      NA

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Anote TONG (since 10 July 2003); Vice President Teima ONORIO; note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      elections: the House of Parliament chooses the presidential candidates from among their members and then those candidates compete in a general election; president is elected by popular vote for a four-year term; election last held 4 July 2003 (next to be held not later than July 2007); vice president appointed by the president
      election results: Anote TONG 47.4%, Harry TONG 43.5%, Banuera BERINA 9.1%
      cabinet: 12-member Cabinet appointed by the president from among the members of the House of Parliament
      head of government: President Anote TONG (since 10 July 2003); Vice President Teima ONORIO; note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral House of Parliament or Maneaba Ni Maungatabu (42 seats; 39 elected by popular vote, one ex officio member - the attorney general, one appointed to represent Banaba, and one other; members serve four-year terms)
      elections: first round elections last held 29 November 2002; second round elections held 6 December 2002 (next to be held by November 2006)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - BTK 17, MTM 16, independents 7, other 2 (includes attorney general)
      note: new legislative elections were held in two rounds - the first round on 9 May 2003 and the second round on 14 May 2003

      Judicial branch:
      Court of Appeal; High Court; 26 Magistrates' courts; judges at all levels are appointed by the president

      Political parties and leaders:
      Boutokaan Te Koaua Party or BTK [Taberannang TIMEON]; Maneaban Te Mauri Party or MTM [Teburoro TITO]; Maurin Kiribati Pati or MKP [leader NA]; National Progressive Party or NPP [Dr. Harry TONG]
      note: there is no tradition of formally organized political parties in Kiribati; they more closely resemble factions or interest groups because they have no party headquarters, formal platforms, or party structures

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACP, AsDB, C, FAO, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IOC, ITU, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      Kiribati does not have an embassy in the US; there is an honorary consulate in Honolulu

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      the US does not have an embassy in Kiribati; the ambassador to the Marshall Islands is accredited to Kiribati

      Flag description:
      the upper half is red with a yellow frigate bird flying over a yellow rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean


      NOTE: The information regarding Kiribati 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 Kiribati Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Kiribati Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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