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    French Polynesia Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/french_polynesia/french_polynesia_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name
      conventional long form: Territory of French Polynesia
      conventional short form: French Polynesia
      local short form: Polynesie Francaise
      local long form: Territoire de la Polynesie Francaise
      former: French Colony of Oceania

      Dependency status overseas territory of France since 1946

      Government type NA

      Capital Papeete

      Administrative divisions none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 5 archipelagic divisions named Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles du Vent, and Iles Sous-le-Vent
      note: Clipperton Island is administered by France from French Polynesia

      Independence none (overseas territory of France)

      National holiday Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)

      Constitution 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

      Legal system based on French system

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Michel MATHIEU (since 24 October 2001)
      head of government: President of the Territorial Government of French Polynesia Gaston FLOSSE (since 4 April 1991); President of the Territorial Assembly Lucette TAERO (since 17 May 2001)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers; president submits a list of members of the Territorial Assembly for approval by them to serve as ministers
      elections: French president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; high commissioner appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior; president of the Territorial Government and the president of the Territorial Assembly are elected by the members of the assembly

      Legislative branch unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale (49 seats - changed from 41 seats for May 2001 election; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 6 May 2001 (next to be held NA May 2006)
      note: one seat was elected to the French Senate on NA September 1998 (next to be held NA September 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - NA; two seats were elected to the French National Assembly on 9 June-16 June 2002 (next to be held NA 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - NA
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - People's Rally for the Republic (Gaullist) 29, Independent Front for the Liberation of Polynesia 12, The New Star 7, other 1

      Judicial branch Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel; Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif

      Political parties and leaders Independent Front for the Liberation of Polynesia (Tavini Huiraatira) [Oscar TEMARU]; New Fatherland Party (Ai'a Api) [Emile VERNAUDON]; People's Rally for the Republic of Polynesia or RPR (Tahoeraa Huiraatira) [Gaston FLOSSE]; The New Star (Te Fetia Api) [Boris LEONTIEFF]

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

      International organization participation ESCAP (associate), FZ, ICFTU, SPC, WMO

      Diplomatic representation in the US none (overseas territory of France)

      Diplomatic representation from the US none (overseas territory of France)

      Flag description two narrow red horizontal bands encase a wide white band; centered on the white band is a disk with blue and white wave pattern on the lower half and gold and white ray pattern on the upper half; a stylized red, blue and white ship rides on the wave pattern; the French flag is used for official occasions

      NOTE: The information regarding French Polynesia on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French Polynesia Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about French Polynesia Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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