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    Malawi Government 1998

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Malawi
      conventional short form: Malawi
      former: Nyasaland

      Data code MI

      Government type multiparty democracy

      National capital Lilongwe

      Administrative divisions 24 districts; Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Lilongwe, Machinga (Kasupe), Mangochi, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mwanza, Mzimba, Ntcheu, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntchisi, Rumphi, Salima, Thyolo, Zomba

      Independence 6 July 1964 (from UK)

      National holiday Independence Day 6 July (1964); Republic Day 6 July (1966)

      Constitution 18 May 1995

      Legal system based on English common law and customary law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court of Appeal; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Bakili MULUZI (since 21 May 1994); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Bakili MULUZI (since 21 May 1994); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Cabinet named by the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 17 May 1994 (next to be held by May 1999)
      election results: Bakili MULUZI elected president; percent of vote - NA

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly (177 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 17 May 1994 (next to be held by May 1999)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - UDF 84, AFORD 33, MCP 55, others 5; note - because of defections and byelections, the seats in the National Assembly were held at the end of the year as follows: UDF 84, MCP 47, AFORD 34, independents 8, and vacant 4
      note: the constitution of 18 May 1995, in addition to reducing the age at which universal suffrage is conferred from 21 to 18 years, provided for a bicameral legislature; by 1999, in addition to the existing National Assembly, a Senate of 80 seats is to be elected

      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
      ruling party: United Democratic Front or UDF [Bakili MULUZI]
      opposition groups: Alliance for Democracy or AFORD [Chakufwa CHIHANA]; Congress for the Second Republic or CSR [Kanyama CHIUME]; Malawi Congress Party or MCP [Gwanda CHAKUAMBA, president/John TEMBO, vice president]; Malawi Democratic Party or MDP [Kampelo KALUA, president]; People Democratic Party or PDP [Rolf PATEL]; Social Democratic Party or SDP [Eston KAKHOME, president]

      International organization participation ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Willie CHOKANI
      chancery: 2408 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 797-1007

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Amelia Ellen SHIPPY
      embassy: address NA, in new capital city development area in Lilongwe
      mailing address: P. O. Box 30016, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
      telephone: [265] 783 166
      FAX: [265] 780 471

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

      NOTE: The information regarding Malawi on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malawi Government 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malawi Government 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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