American Samoa Government

What is the capital of American Samoa?

Country Name American Samoa
Full Country Name Territory of American Samoa
Abbreviation AS
Etymology- history of name the name Samoa is composed of two parts, "sa" meaning "sacred" and "moa" meaning "center," so the name can mean Holy Center; alternatively, it can mean "place of the sacred moa bird" of Polynesian mythology
Government Type presidential democracy; a self-governing territory of the US
Capital Name Pago Pago
Capital - geographic coordinate 14 16 S, 170 42 W
Capital Time Difference UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence none (territory of the US)
National Holiday Flag Day, 17 April (1900)
Constitution adopted 17 October 1960; revised 1 July 1967; amended several times, last in 2013
Dependency Status unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US; administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior

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American Samoa Government and Politics

Who is the president of American Samoa?

Executive Branch:

chief of state: President Donald J. TRUMP (since 20 January 2017); Vice President Michael R. PENCE (since 20 January 2017)

head of government: Governor Lolo Matalasi MOLIGA (since 3 January 2013)

cabinet: Cabinet consists of 12 department directors appointed by the governor with the consent of the Legislature or Fono

elections/appointments: president and vice president indirectly elected on the same ballot by an Electoral College of 'electors' chosen from each state to serve a 4-year term (eligible for a second term); under the US Constitution, residents of unincorporated territories, such as American Samoa, do not vote in elections for US president and vice president; however, they may vote in Democratic and Republican presidential primary elections; governor and lieutenant governor directly elected on the same ballot by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 4-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 8 November 2016 (next to be held in November 2020)

election results: Lolo Matalasi MOLIGA reelected governor in first round; percent of vote - Lolo Matalasi MOLIGA (independent) 60.2%, Faoa Aitofele SUNIA (Democratic Party) 35.8%, Tuika TUIKA (independent) 4%

Citizenship Criteria:

see United States

Legal System:

mixed legal system of US common law and customary law

Suffrage:

18 years of age; universal

Legislative Branch:

description: bicameral Legislature or Fono consists of:

Senate (18 seats; members indirectly selected by regional governing councils to serve 4-year terms)

House of Representatives (21 seats; 20 members directly elected by simple majority vote and 1 decided by public meeting on Swains Island; members serve 2-year terms)

elections:

Senate - last held on 8 November 2016 (next to be held in November 2020)

House of Representatives - last held on 6 November 2018 (next to be held in November 2020)

election results:

Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - independent 18; composition - men 17, women 1, percent of women 9.5%

House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; composition - men 14, women 7, percent of women 33.3%; note - total percent of women in Legislature 20.5%

note: American Samoa elects 1 member by simple majority vote to serve a 2-year term as a delegate to the US House of Representatives; the delegate can vote when serving on a committee and when the House meets as the Committee of the Whole House, but not when legislation is submitted for a “full floor” House vote; election of delegate last held on 6 November 2018 (next to be held in November 2020)

Judicial Branch:

highest court(s): High Court of American Samoa (consists of the chief justice, associate chief justice, and 6 Samoan associate judges and organized into trial, family, drug, and appellate divisions); note - American Samoa has no US federal courts

judge selection and term of office: chief justice and associate chief justice appointed by the US Secretary of the Interior to serve for life; Samoan associate judges appointed by the governor to serve for life

subordinate courts: district and village courts

Regions or States:

none (territory of the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 3 districts and 2 islands* at the second order; Eastern, Manu'a, Rose Island*, Swains Island*, Western

Political Parties and Leaders:

Democratic Party [Fagafaga Daniel LANGKILDE]

Republican Party [Utu Abe MALAE, chairman]

International Organization Participation:

AOSIS (observer), Interpol (subbureau), IOC, PIF (observer), SPC

Diplomatic Representation in the US:

none (territory of the US)

Diplomatic Representation from US:

none (territory of the US)

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