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Tokelau System of Government Information
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GOVERNMENT OF TOKELAU
(See Sources of Law for a complete overview)
(i) Executive Branch:
Head of State: the British monarch; the UK and New Zealand are represented by Administrator; the monarch is hereditary; Administrator appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand.
Head of Government: the head of government is chosen from the Council of Faipule and serves a one-year term.
Cabinet: the Council of Faipule, consisting of three elected leaders, one from each atoll, functions as a cabinet.
(ii) Legislative Branch:
Unicameral General Fono - 45 seats - 15 from each of the three atolls; members chosen by each atoll's Council of Elders or Taupulega to serve three-year terms); note - s.3A Tokelau Amendment Act of 1996 (NZ) confers legislative power on the General Fono
(iii) Judicial Branch:
Court of Appeal (NZ); High Court (NZ); Village Councils
(See Court System for a full overview)