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    Malawi Government - 2002

      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; 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: 38-member Cabinet named by the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 15 June 1999 (next to be held NA 2004)
      election results: Bakili MULUZI reelected president; percent of vote - Bakili MULUZI (UDF) 51.4%, Gwandaguluwe CHAKUAMBA (MCP-AFORD) 44.3%

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly (193 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 15 June 1999 (next to be held NA 2004)
      election results: percent of vote by party - UDF 48%, MCP 34%, AFORD 15%, others 3%; seats by party - UDF 96, MCP 61, AFORD 30, others 6

      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, president]; Malawi Congress Party or MCP [Gwanda CHAKUAMBA, president, John TEMBO, vice president]; Malawi Democratic Party or MDP [Kampelo KALUA, president]; United Democratic Front or UDF [Bakili MULUZI] - governing party

      Political pressure groups and leaders National Democratic Alliance [Brown MPINGANJIRA]

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

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Paul Tony Steven KANDIERO
      FAX: [1] (202) 265-0976
      telephone: [1] (202) 797-1007
      chancery: 2408 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Roger A. MEECE
      embassy: Area 40, Plot 24, Kenyatta Road
      mailing address: P. O. Box 30016, Lilongwe 3, Malawi
      telephone: [265] 773 166
      FAX: [265] 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 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Malawi Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Malawi Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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