Malawi: Government

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Coat of Arms of Republic of Malawi

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Peter Mutharika

Head of Government: President Peter Mutharika

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Malawi

Constitution: Adopted: 1964; Establishes independence from the UK, separates the 3 branches of government, outlines the rights of its citizens, and establishes a commonwealth nation with a multiparty democracy

Government Type: Multiparty Democracy

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

Serves as head of state and government, appoints cabinet, in charge of executory tasks.

Elected by plurality vote.

5 years

Judicial

Independent of other branches, has unlimited jurisdiction to hear and decide on any case.

Appointed by the president upon recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission.

Mandatory retirement age of 65

Legislative

In charge of creating legislature and approving presidential appointments.

194 members elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Malawi has continued the pro-Western foreign policy established by former President Hastings Banda. It maintains good diplomatic relations with principal Western countries. Malawi's close relations with South Africa throughout the apartheid era strained its relations with other African nations. Following the collapse of apartheid in 1994, Malawi developed, and currently maintains, diplomatic relations with all African countries.

Regional Trade Blocs: COMESA, SADC

Treaties: Peace and Security Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AU C CD COMESA
FAO G-77 IAEA IBRD ICAO ICRM
IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS ILO IMF
IMO Interpol IOC IPU ISO ITSO
ITU ITUC MIGA MINURSO MONUSCO NAM
OPCW SADC UN UNAMID UNCTAD UNESCO
UNIDO UNOCI 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 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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