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Independence Day    
 
24th October 1964
 
Form of State        
 
Unitary headed by a Republican President who is elected by universal suffrage for a term of five years

Legal System        

Common Law

Government        

The President and his appointed cabinet

Legislature        

National Assembly: comprising 150 members of parliament elected by universal suffrage for five-year terms.                        
 
President has the discretion to nominate an additional 8 members.
 
Judiciary        

An independent Judiciary headed by the Chief Justice
 
Political System & Main Political Parties    

Multiparty Democracy. The Patriotic Front (PF) is  the ruling party. The main political parties in opposition include: Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD); the United Party for National Development (UPND); Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD); United National Independence Party (UNIP); Heritage Party (HP) and National Restoration Party (NAREP) .