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Prime Minister of the Cook Islands
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Elections in the Cook Islands The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is the most powerful official within the government of the Cook Islands, a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. ... Political parties in the Cook Islands lists political parties in this country. ... Politics of the Cook Islands Categories: Election related stubs | Elections in the Cook Islands ...

Politics of the Cook Islands takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic dependency, whereby the Chief Minister is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. The Islands are self-governing in free association with New Zealand and are fully responsible for internal affairs. New Zealand retains some responsibility for external affairs, in consultation with the Cook Islands. In recent years the Cook Islands has taken on more of its own external affairs and as of 2005 has diplomatic relations in its own name with 18 other countries. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Legislative Council. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. A parliamentary system, or parliamentarism, is distinguished by the executive branch of government being dependent on the direct or indirect support of the parliament, often expressed through a vote of confidence. ... Representative democracy is a form of democracy and theory of civics in which voters choose (in free, secret, multi-party elections) representatives to act in their interests, but not as their proxies—i. ... Dependency has a number of meanings: In project management, a dependency is a link amongst a projects terminal elements. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, tone, style, and voice). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Under the doctrine of the separation of powers, the executive is the branch of a government charged with implementing, or executing, the law. ... A legislature is a governmental deliberative body with the power to adopt laws. ... The judiciary, also referred to as the judicature, consists of the system of courts of law for the administration of justice and to its principals, the justices, judges and magistrates among other types of adjudicators. ...

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Executive branch

Office Name Party Since
Queen Elizabeth II 6 February 1952
Queen's Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin KBE 9 February 2001
New Zealand High Commissioner John Bryan August 2005
Prime Minister Jim Marurai DAP 14 December 2004

The monarch is hereditary; her representative is appointed by the monarch. The New Zealand high commissioner is appointed by the New Zealand Government. The cabinet is chosen by the prime minister and collectively responsible to Parliament. Ten years of rule by the Cook Islands Party (CIP) came to an end 18 November 1999 with the resignation of Prime Minister Joe Williams. Williams had led a minority government since October 1999 when the New Alliance Party (NAP) left the government coalition and joined the main opposition Democratic Party (DAP). On 18 November 1999, DAP leader Dr. Terepai Maoate was sworn in as prime minister. He was succeeded by his co-partisan Robert Woonton. When he lost his seat in the 2004 elections, Jim Marurai took over. Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is the most powerful official within the government of the Cook Islands, a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand. ... Jim Marurai has been the prime minister of the Cook Islands since December 14, 2004 when he was elected by Parliament by a vote of 14-9. ... The Democratic Alliance Party (originally the Democratic Party) is a liberal political party in the Cook Islands. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years), with 43 remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Democratic Alliance Party (originally the Democratic Party) is a liberal political party in the Cook Islands. ... November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years), with 43 remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Dr Robert Woonton (born 1949) was the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands from February 11, 2002 until December 11, 2004, and is a member of the centrist Democratic Alliance Party. ... Jim Marurai has been the prime minister of the Cook Islands since December 14, 2004 when he was elected by Parliament by a vote of 14-9. ...


Legislative branch

The Parliament of the Cook Islands has 25 members, elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies.


Political parties and elections

Election results include names of political parties. See for additional information about parties the List of political parties in the Cook Islands. An overview on elections and election results is included in Elections in the Cook Islands.
Summary of the 7 September 2004 Cook Islands Legislative Assembly election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Democratic Alliance Party   47.2 12
Cook Islands Party   44.2 11
Tumu Enua   2.4 -
Non partisans   6.2 -
Seat to be decided   1
Uncontested seat   1
Total (turnout 81.6 %)   25
Source: Cook Islands News preliminary results

An election is a decision making process whereby people vote for preferred political candidates or parties to act as representatives in government. ... A political party is a political organization subscribing to a certain ideology or formed around very special issues. ... Political parties in the Cook Islands lists political parties in this country. ... See Election (movie) for the film directed by Alexander Payne. ... Politics of the Cook Islands Categories: Election related stubs | Elections in the Cook Islands ... The Democratic Alliance Party (originally the Democratic Party) is a liberal political party in the Cook Islands. ... The Cook Islands Party is a political party in the Cook Islands. ... The Tumu Enua is a political party in the Cook Islands. ...

International organization participation

AsDB, ESCAP (associate), FAO, ICAO, ICFTU, IFAD, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), IOC, OPCW, Sparteca, SPC, SPF, UNESCO, WHO, WMO


External link

Constitution of the Cook Islands and amendments http://www.paclii.org/ck/legis/num_act/cotci327/


  Results from FactBites:
 
Cook Islands Government Online (2625 words)
The Cook Islands comprises 15 widely-dispersed islands in the South Pacific Ocean between French Polynesia and Fiji.
According to the latest census undertaken in December 2002 the total resident population of the Cook Islands is 18,027 of whom 12,188 live in the outer islands.
Seventy eight percent of the Cook Islands’ fl pearl farms are on Manihiki, 20 percent on Penrhyn and 2 percent on Rakahanga.
Cook Islands: Map, History and Much More from Answers.com (2689 words)
The Cook Islands (Cook Islands Māori: Kūki 'Āirani) are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand.
Politics of the Cook Islands takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic associated state, whereby the Queen of New Zealand, represented in the Cook Islands by the Queen's Representative, is Head of State, and the Chief Minister is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system.
The Cook Islands are in the South Pacific Ocean, north-east of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and Fiji.
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