Liberia: Government

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Coat of Arms of Republic of Liberia

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Head of Government: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Liberia

Constitution: Adopted: 1986; Articles include information on the structure of the state, general principles of national policy, fundamental rights, citizenship, and the powers of the different branches of government.

Government Type: Republic

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

In charge of executory tasks of the government and appoints cabinet with the task of assisting in day-to-day operations.

Absolute majority vote through a two-round system.

6 years

Judicial

Supreme Court is the highest court of the land and has jurisdiction for all constitutional cases.

Appointed by the president of Liberia with consent of the Senate.

Mandatory retirement age of 70

Legislative

Consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives, this branch confirms president's appointments and is in charge of creating legislature.

The Senate has 30 members elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies. The House of Representatives has 73 members elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

Senate: 9 years; House of Representatives: 6 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Liberia has taken steps to forge closer ties with Western countries, especially the United States. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has visited several Western countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Spain, France, and Germany. President Johnson Sirleaf has also visited China and Libya.

Regional Trade Blocs: ECOWAS

Treaties: Peace and Security Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AU ECOWAS EITI FAO
G-77 IAEA IBRD ICAO ICC ICRM
IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS ILO IMF
IMO IMSO Interpol IOC IOM ISO
ITU ITUC MIGA MINUSMA NAM OPCW
UN UNCTAD UNESCO UNIDO UNWTO UPU
WCO WFTU WHO WIPO WMO WTO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Endangered Species Environmental Modification
Hazardous Wastes Law of the Sea Marine Life Conservation Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution Tropical Timber 06
Wetlands

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Tax Authority: Information not available

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Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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