The foundation of French Polynesia's present system of government
was established in 1946. The French government is represented by
a High Commissioner who controls foreign affairs, defence and justice.
In other spheres, the islands have enjoyed internal autonomy since
July 1977, which exercised by an elected government.
This comprises a legislature, the 41-member Territorial Assembly
which is directly elected for a 5-year term, and an executive president
and council of ministers, all of whom are chosen from among the
membership of the Assembly.