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    Malawi Government - 2006
    http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/malawi/malawi_government.html
    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Malawi
      conventional short form: Malawi
      former: British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland

      Government type:
      multiparty democracy

      Capital:
      Lilongwe

      Administrative divisions:
      27 districts; Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Likoma, Lilongwe, Machinga (Kasupe), Mangochi, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mwanza, Mzimba, Ntcheu, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Rumphi, Salima, Thyolo, Zomba

      Independence:
      6 July 1964 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July (1964)

      Constitution:
      18 May 1994

      Legal system:
      based on English common law and customary law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court of Appeal; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (since 24 May 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (since 24 May 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: 46-member Cabinet named by the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 20 May 2004 (next to be held May 2009)
      election results: Bingu wa MUTHARIKA elected president; percent of vote - Bingu wa MUTHARIKA (UDF) 35.9%, John TEMBO (MCP) 27.1%, Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA (MC) 25.7%, Brown MPINGANJIRA (NDA) 8.7%, Justin MALEWEZI (independent) 2.5%

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly (193 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 20 May 2004 (next to be held May 2009)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - UDF 74, MCP 60, Independents 24, RP 16, others 18, vacancies 1

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court of Appeal; High Court (chief justice appointed by the president, puisne judges appointed on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission); magistrate's courts

      Political parties and leaders:
      Alliance for Democracy or AFORD [Chakufwa CHIHANA]; Malawi Congress Party or MCP [John TEMBO]; Malawi Democratic Party or MDP [Kampelo KALUA]; Malawi Forum for Unity and Development or MAFUNDE [George MNESA]; Mgwirizano Coalition or MC (coalition of MAFUNDE, MDP, MGODE, NUP, PETRA, PPM, RP) [Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA]; Movement for Genuine Democratic Change or MGODE [Sam Kandodo BANDA]; National Democratic Alliance or NDA [Brown MPINGANJIRA]; National Unity Party or NUP [Harry CHIUME]; New Congress for Democracy or NCD [Hetherwick NTABA]; People's Progressive Movement or PPM [Aleke BANDA]; People's Transformation Movement or PETRA [Kamuzu CHIBAMBO]; Republican Party or RP [Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA]; United Democratic Front or UDF [Bingu wa MUTHARIKA] - governing party

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, MONUC, NAM, ONUB, OPCW, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMIS, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Bernard Herbert SANDE
      chancery: 1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20005
      telephone: [1] (202) 721-0270
      FAX: [1] (202) 721-0288

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires David GILMOUR
      embassy: Area 40, Plot 24, Kenyatta Road
      mailing address: P. O. Box 30016, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
      telephone: [265] (1) 773 166
      FAX: [265] (1) 770 471

      Flag description:
      three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green with a radiant, rising, red sun centered in the black band

      Government - note:
      the executive exerts considerable influence over the legislature


      NOTE: The information regarding Malawi on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malawi Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malawi Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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