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    Namibia Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Namibia
      conventional short form: Namibia
      former: German Southwest Africa, South-West Africa

      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 Sam Shafishuna NUJOMA (since 21 March 1990)
      head of government: Prime Minister Theo-Ben GURIRAB (since 28 August 2002)
      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: Sam Shafishuna NUJOMA elected president; percent of vote - Sam Shafishuna 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)
      note: the National Council is primarily an advisory body
      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 76%, COD 10%, DTA 9%, UDF 3%, MAG 1%, other 1%; seats by party - SWAPO 55, COD 7, DTA 7, UDF 2, MAG 1,

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court (judges appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission)

      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 [Kosie PRETORIUS]; South West Africa People's Organization or SWAPO [Sam Shafishuna NUJOMA]; United Democratic Front or UDF [Justus GAROEB]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, C, ECA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAU, OPCW, SACU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMEE, UPU, WCL, WCO, 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
      FAX: [1] (202) 986-0443
      telephone: [1] (202) 986-0540

      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Kevin J. McGUIRE
      embassy: Ausplan Building, 14 Lossen Street, Windhoek
      mailing address: Private Bag 12029 Ausspannplatz, Windhoek
      telephone: [264] (61) 221601
      FAX: [264] (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

      NOTE: The information regarding Namibia on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Namibia Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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