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Namibia


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Namibia

        conventional short form:
        Namibia

    • Digraph:
      WA

    • Type:
      republic

    • Capital:
      Windhoek

    • Administrative divisions:
      13 districts; Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Caprivi (Liambezi), 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 and head of government:
        President Sam NUJOMA (since 21 March 1990); election last held 7-8 December 1994 (next to be held NA); results - Sam NUJOMA elected president by popular vote

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; appointed by the president from the National Assembly

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral legislature

        National Council:
        elections last held 30 November-3 December 1992 (next to be held by December 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (26 total) SWAPO 19, DTA 6, UDF 1

        National Assembly:
        elections last held 7-8 December 1994 (next to be held NA); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (72 total) SWAPO 53, DTA 15, UDF 2, MAG 1, DCN 1

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Sam NUJOMA; DTA of Namibia (formerly Democratic Turnhalle Alliance) (DTA), Mishake MUYONGO; United Democratic Front (UDF), Justus GAROEB; Federal Convention of Namibia (FCN), Kephics CONRUDIE; Monitor Action Group (MAG), Kosie PRETORIUS; Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP); Southwest African National Union (SWANU), Hitjevi VEII; Democratic Coalition of Namibia (DCN), Moses KATJIUONGA

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      NA

    • Member of:
      ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, FAO, FLS, G-77, GATT, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS (associate), ILO, IMF, INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), INTERPOL, IOC, IOM (observer), ITU, NAM, OAU, SACU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Tuliameni KALOMOH

        chancery:
        1605 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 986-0540

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 986-0443

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Marshall F. McCALLIE

        embassy:
        Ausplan Building, 14 Lossen St., Windhoek

        mailing address:
        Private Bag 12029 Ausspannplatz, Windhoek

        telephone:
        [264] (61) 221601

        FAX:
        [264] (61) 229792

    • Flag:
      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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