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Ghana Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Republic of Ghana
    conventional short form: Ghana
    former: Gold Coast

    Data code: GH

    Government type: constitutional democracy

    Capital: Accra

    Administrative divisions: 10 regions; Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Volta, Western

    Independence: 6 March 1957 (from UK)

    National holiday: Independence Day, 6 March (1957)

    Constitution: new constitution approved 28 April 1992

    Legal system: based on English common law and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President Jerry John RAWLINGS (since 7 January 1993); Vice President John Evans Atta MILLS (since 7 January 1993); note—the president is both the chief of state and head of government
    head of government: President Jerry John RAWLINGS (since 7 January 1993); Vice President John Evans Atta MILLS (since 7 January 1993); note—the president is both the chief of state and head of government
    cabinet: Council of Ministers; president nominates members subject to approval by the Parliament
    elections: president and vice president elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 7 December 1996 (next to be held NA 2000)
    election results: Jerry John RAWLINGS reelected president; percent of vote—RAWLINGS 57%

    Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament (200 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held 7 December 1996 (next to be held NA December 2000)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—NDC 133, NPP 61, PCP 5, PNC 1

    Judicial branch: Supreme Court

    Political parties and leaders: National Democratic Congress or NDC [Dr. Huudu YAHAYA, general secretary]; New Patriotic Party or NPP [Peter Ala ADJETY]; People's Heritage Party or PHP [Emmanuel Alexander ERSKINE]; National Convention Party or NCP [Sarpong KUMA-KUMA]; Every Ghanian Living Everywhere or EGLE [Owuraku AMOFA, chairman]; People's Convention Party or PCP [P. K. DONKOH-AYIFI, acting chairman]; People's National Convention or PNC [Edward MAHAMA]

    International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-24, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO, ITU, MINURSO, NAM, OAU, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNIKOM, UNMIBH, UNMOP, UNMOT, UNPREDEP, UNU, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Kobena KOOMSON
    chancery: 3512 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 686-4520
    FAX: [1] (202) 686-4527
    consulate(s) general: New York

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Kathryn Dee ROBINSON
    embassy: Ring Road East, East of Danquah Circle, Accra
    mailing address: P. O. Box 194, Accra
    telephone: [233] (21) 775348
    FAX: [233] (21) 776008

    Flag description: three equal horizontal bands of red (top), yellow, and green with a large black five-pointed star centered in the yellow band; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia; similar to the flag of Bolivia, which has a coat of arms centered in the yellow band

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