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    Ghana Government 2000

      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 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 December 2000)
      election results: Jerry John RAWLINGS reelected president; percent of vote - RAWLINGS 57.2%, John KUFUOR 39.8%

      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: Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere or EGLE [Owuraku AMOFA, chairman]; National Convention Party or NCP [Sarpong KUMA-KUMA]; National Democratic Congress or NDC [Dr. Huudu YAHAYA, general secretary]; New Patriotic Party or NPP [Peter Ala ADJETY]; People's Convention Party or PCP [P. K. DONKOH-AYIFI, acting chairman]; People's Heritage Party or PHP [Emmanuel Alexander ERSKINE]; 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, OAS (observer), OAU, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNIKOM, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNMOP, UNMOT, UNTAET, 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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