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Uganda Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Republic of Uganda
    conventional short form: Uganda

    Data code: UG

    Government type: republic

    Capital: Kampala

    Administrative divisions: 39 districts; Apac, Arua, Bundibugyo, Bushenyi, Gulu, Hoima, Iganga, Jinja, Kabale, Kabarole, Kalangala, Kampala, Kamuli, Kapchorwa, Kasese, Kibale, Kiboga, Kisoro, Kitgum, Kotido, Kumi, Lira, Luwero, Masaka, Masindi, Mbale, Mbarara, Moroto, Moyo, Mpigi, Mubende, Mukono, Nebbi, Ntungamo, Pallisa, Rakai, Rukungiri, Soroti, Tororo

    Independence: 9 October 1962 (from UK)

    National holiday: Independence Day, 9 October (1962)

    Constitution: 8 October 1995; adopted by the interim, 284-member Constituent Assembly, charged with debating the draft constitution that had been proposed in May 1993; the Constituent Assembly was dissolved upon the promulgation of the constitution in October 1995

    Legal system: in 1995, the government restored the legal system to one based on English common law and customary law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power 29 January 1986); note—the president is both chief of state and head of government
    head of government: President Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI (since seizing power 29 January 1986); Prime Minister Kintu MUSOKE (since 18 November 1994); note—the president is both chief of state and head of government; the prime minister assists the president in the supervision of the cabinet
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president from among elected legislators
    elections: president elected by popular vote for a NA-year term; election last held 9 May 1996 (next to be held by 31 May 2001); note—first popular election for president since independence in 1962 was held in 1996; prime minister appointed by the president
    election results: Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI elected president; percent of vote—Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta MUSEVENI 74%, Paul Kawanga SSEMOGERERE 24%, Muhammad MAYANJA 2%

    Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly (276 members—214 directly elected by popular vote, 62 nominated by legally established special interest groups and approved by the president—women 39, army 10, disabled 5, youth 5, labor 3; members serve five-year terms)
    elections: last held 27 June 1996 (next to be held NA 2001);
    election results: NA; note—election campaigning by party was not permitted

    Judicial branch: Court of Appeal, judges are appointed by the president; High Court, judges are appointed by the president

    Political parties and leaders: only one political organization, the National Resistance Movement or NRM [Dr. Samson KISEKKA, chairman] is recognized; note—this is the party of President MUSEVENI; the president maintains that the NRM is not a political party, but a movement which claims the loyalty of all Ugandans
    note: of the political parties that exist but are prohibited from sponsoring candidates, the most important are the Ugandan People's Congress or UPC [Milton OBOTE]; Democratic Party or DP [Paul SSEMOGERERE]; and Conservative Party or CP [Joshua S. MAYANJA-NKANGI]; the new constitution requires the suspension of political party activity until a referendum is held on the matter in 2000

    International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, EADB, ECA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD, ILO, IMF, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Edith Grace SSEMPALA
    chancery: 5911 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
    telephone: [1] (202) 726-7100 through 7102, 0416
    FAX: [1] (202) 726-1727

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Nancy J. POWELL
    embassy: Parliament Avenue, Kampala
    mailing address: P. O. Box 7007, Kampala
    telephone: [256] (41) 259792, 259793, 259795
    FAX: [256] (41) 259794

    Flag description: six equal horizontal bands of black (top), yellow, red, black, yellow, and red; a white disk is superimposed at the center and depicts a red-crested crane (the national symbol) facing the hoist side

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