Republic of Congo: Government

Congo, Republic of Flag
Coat of Arms of Congo, Republic of

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Denis Sassou-Nguesso

Head of Government: President Denis Sassou-Nguesso

Overview

Government Name: Congo, Republic of

Constitution: Adopted: 2002; Contains general provisions on the protection of intellectual rights in Article 29, which reads: "Every citizen is entitled to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary, or artistic production of which he is the author."

Government Type: Republic

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

The president appoints the council of ministers, can dissolve parliament, commander-in-chief of armed forces.

The president is the absolute majority vote through a two-round system.

7 years

Judicial

The supreme court (Cour Supreme) is the highest court of the land.

Judges are elected by parliament.

No term limit

Legislative

The legislature elects the judges, approves presidential declaration of war, in charge of policy making.

The senate has 66 members indirectly elected by regional governing councils, 137 elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies.

Senate: 6 years; National Assembly: 5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: After the worldwide collapse of communism and Congo's adoption of multi-party democracy in 1991, Congo's bilateral relations with its former socialist allies became relatively less important. France is now by far Congo's principal external partner, contributing significant amounts of economic assistance, while playing a highly influential role. However, there is a growing interest in attracting American investors.

Regional Trade Blocs: ECCAS

Treaties: Peace and Security Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AU BDEAC CEMAC EITI
FAO FZ G-77 IAEA IBRD ICAO
ICRM IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS ILO
IMF IMO Interpol IOC IOM IPU
ISO ITSO ITU ITUC MIGA NAM
OIF OPCW UN UNCTAD UNESCO UNHCR
UNIDO UNITAR 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 Hazardous Wastes
Law of the Sea Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution Tropical Timber 06 Wetlands

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Tax Authority: Information not available

Tax Name: Information not available


Sources:

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

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