Namibia Government

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Namibia: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Republic of Namibia
conventional short form: Namibia
Data code
WA
Government type
republic
Capital
Windhoek
Administrative divisions
13 regions; Caprivi, Erongo, Hardap, Karas,
Khomas, Kunene, Ohangwena, Okavango, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana,
Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa
Independence
21 March 1990 (from South African mandate)
National holiday
Independence Day, 21 March (1990)
Constitution
ratified 9 February 1990; effective 12 March 1990
Legal system
based on Roman-Dutch law and 1990 constitution
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: President Samuel NUJOMA (since 21 March 1990); note -
the president is both the chief of state and head of government
head of government: President Samuel NUJOMA (since 21 March 1990);
note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president from among the members of
the National Assembly
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term;
election last held 30 November-1 December 1999 (next to be held NA
2004)
election results: Samuel NUJOMA elected president; percent of vote -
Samuel NUJOMA 77%
Legislative branch
bicameral legislature consists of the National
Council (26 seats; two members are chosen from each regional council
to serve six-year terms) and the National Assembly (72 seats; members
are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
elections: National Council - elections for regional councils, to
determine members of the National Council, held 30 November-1 December
1998 (next to be held by December 2004); National Assembly - last held
30 November-1 December 1999 (next to be held by December 2004)
election results: National Council - percent of vote by party - NA;
seats by party - SWAPO 21, DTA 4, UDF 1; National Assembly - percent
of vote by party - SWAPO 77%, COD 10%, DTA 9%, UDF 3%, MAG 1%; seats
by party - SWAPO 55, COD 7, DTA 7, UDF 2, MAG 1,
note: the National Council is a purely advisory body
Judicial branch
Supreme Court, judges appointed by the president
Political parties and leaders
Congress of Democrats or COD [Ben
ULENGA]; Democratic Turnhalle Alliance of Namibia or DTA [Katuutire
KAURA, president]; Monitor Action Group or MAG ;
South West Africa People's Organization or SWAPO ; United
Democratic Front or UDF
International organization participation
ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, FAO,
G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO,
Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO (subscriber), ITU, NAM,
OAU, OPCW, SACU, SADC, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNCTAD,
UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO
Diplomatic representation in the US
chief of mission: Ambassador Leonard Nangolo IIPUMBU
chancery: 1605 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
telephone:  (202) 986-0540
FAX:  (202) 986-0443
Diplomatic representation from the US
chief of mission: Ambassador Jeffrey A. BADER
embassy: Ausplan Building, 14 Lossen Street, Private Bag 12029
Ausspannplatz, Windhoek
mailing address: use embassy street address
telephone:  (61) 221601
FAX:  (61) 229792
Flag description
a large blue triangle with a yellow sunburst fills
the upper left section and an equal green triangle (solid) fills the
lower right section; the triangles are separated by a red stripe that
is contrasted by two narrow white-edge borders
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