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Nauru Government: from the All Country Info reference guide to country facts

Nauru Government

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Nauru: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Republic of Nauru
conventional short form: Nauru
former: Pleasant Island
Data code
NR
Government type
republic
Capital
no official capital; government offices in Yaren District
Administrative divisions
14 districts; Aiwo, Anabar, Anetan, Anibare,
Baiti, Boe, Buada, Denigomodu, Ewa, Ijuw, Meneng, Nibok, Uaboe, Yaren
Independence
31 January 1968 (from the Australia-, New Zealand-, and
UK-administered UN trusteeship)
National holiday
Independence Day, 31 January (1968)
Constitution
29 January 1968
Legal system
acts of the Nauru Parliament and British common law
Suffrage
20 years of age; universal and compulsory
Executive branch
chief of state: President Rene HARRIS (since NA 1999); note - the
president is both the chief of state and head of government
head of government: President Rene HARRIS (since NA 1999); note - the
president is both the chief of state and head of government
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president from among the members of
Parliament
elections: president elected by Parliament for a three-year term;
election last held 27 April 1999 (next to be held NA 2002)
election results: Rene HARRIS elected president; percent of Parliament
vote - NA
note: former President Bernard DOWIYOGO was deposed in a no-confidence
vote
Legislative branch
unicameral Parliament (18 seats; members elected
by popular vote to serve three-year terms)
elections: last held 8 February 1997 (next to be held NA February
2000)
election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 18
Judicial branch
Supreme Court
Political parties and leaders
loose multiparty system; Democratic
Party ; Nauru Party (informal)
International organization participation
AsDB, C, ESCAP, ICAO,
Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ITU, OPCW, Sparteca, SPC,
SPF, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO
Diplomatic representation in the US
Nauru does not have an embassy in
the US, but will open a UN office early in 2000 at 800 2nd Avenue, New
York, New York
consulate(s): Agana (Guam)
Diplomatic representation from the US
the US does not have an embassy
in Nauru; the US Ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Nauru
Flag description
blue with a narrow, horizontal, yellow stripe across
the center and a large white 12-pointed star below the stripe on the
hoist side; the star indicates the country's location in relation to
the Equator (the yellow stripe) and the 12 points symbolize the 12
original tribes of Nauru
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