Uganda: Government

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Coat of Arms of Republic of Uganda

Key Figures

Chief of State: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Head of Government: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Uganda

Constitution: Adopted: 1995; Sanctions a republican form of government with the president as the head of government. Amendments in 2005 removed presidential term limits and legalized a multi-party political system.

Government Type: Republic

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

Responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by parliament.

Elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system.

5 years

Judicial

Operates as an independent branch of government.

Appointed by president.

Until dismissal by executive branch

Legislative

Passes laws which will provide good governance in the country, scrutinizes government programs, particularly as outlined in the State of the Nation Address by the president, and handles the fiscal issues of government, such as taxation and loans.

238 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies, 112 members are reserved for women, and 25 members are reserved by legally established special interest groups.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: The Ugandan Government generally seeks good relations with other nations without reference to ideological orientation. Uganda's relations with Rwanda, D.R.C., and Sudan have sometimes been strained because of security concerns. Uganda, D.R.C., Rwanda, and Burundi participated in the U.S.-facilitated Tripartite Plus process, which helped ease tensions and contributed to increased bilateral contacts with the aim of resolving conflicts between the neighbors. Uganda has more than 5,000 peacekeepers in Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In addition to its friendly ties to Western nations, Uganda has maintained ties with North Korea, Libya, and Iran.

Regional Trade Blocs: COMESA, EAC

Treaties: Peace and Security Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AU C COMESA EAC
EADB FAO G-77 IAEA IBRD ICAO
ICC ICRM IDA IDB IFAD IFC
IFRCS IGAD ILO IMF Interpol IOC
IOM IPU ISO ITSO ITU ITUC
MIGA NAM OIC OPCW PCA UN
UNAMID UNCTAD UNESCO UNHCR 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 Wetlands

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Tax Authority: Uganda Revenue Authority

Tax Name: VAT


Sources:

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

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