World Country Cook Islands

About the world country Cook Islands, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: A Polynesian group of islands in the southwest Pacific, east of Fiji. Size: 91 sq. mi. (236 sq. km.). Population: 18,000.

Who Really Rules: Since 1965 the Cook Islands have been a self-governing state associated with New Zealand. Technically, Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand, and a few thousand islanders live and work there. New Zealand is responsible for the islands' foreign policy and defense, although the Cook Islands government occasionally projects an independent image in its efforts to attract foreign assistance.

From 1965 to 1978, the late Sir Albert Henry governed as premier. In the 1978 parliamentary elections, however, he used government funds to fly in voters from New Zealand. Subsequently, those votes were annulled and Henry was convicted of conspiracy, stripped of his office and knighthood, and fined. Opposition leader Dr. Tom Davis was thus elected premier.

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