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    Sierra Leone Government 2001

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Sierra Leone
      conventional short form: Sierra Leone

      Government type: constitutional democracy

      Capital: Freetown

      Administrative divisions: 3 provinces and 1 area*; Eastern, Northern, Southern, Western*

      Independence: 27 April 1961 (from UK)

      National holiday: Independence Day, 27 April (1961)

      Constitution: 1 October 1991; subsequently amended several times

      Legal system: based on English law and customary laws indigenous to local tribes; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Ahmad Tejan KABBAH (since 29 March 1996, reinstated 10 March 1998); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Ahmad Tejan KABBAH (since 29 March 1996, reinstated 10 March 1998); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Ministers of State appointed by the president with the approval of the House of Representatives; the cabinet is responsible to the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election held 26-27 February and 15 March 1996 (next to be held NA September 2001); note - president's tenure of office is limited to two five-year terms
      election results: Ahmad Tejan KABBAH elected president; percent of vote - Ahmad Tejan KABBAH (SLPP) 59.5%, John KAREFA-SMART (UNPP) 40.5%

      Legislative branch: unicameral House of Representatives (80 seats - 68 elected by popular vote, 12 filled by paramount chiefs elected in separate elections; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 26-27 February 1996 (next to be held NA 2001)
      election results: percent of vote by party - SLPP 36.1%, UNPP 21.6%, PDP 15.3%, APC 5.7%, NUP 5.3%, DCP 4.8%, other 11.2%; seats by party - SLPP 27, UNPP 17, PDP 12, APC 5, NUP 4, DCP 3; note - first elections since the former House of Representatives was shut down by the military coup of 29 April 1992

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court; Appeals Court; High Court

      Political parties and leaders: All People's Congress or APC [Edward Mohammed TURAY, chairman]; Democratic Centre Party or DCP [Adu Aiah KOROMA]; National Democratic Alliance or NDA [Amadu M. B. JALLOH]; National Republican Party or NRP [Sahr Stephen MAMBU]; National Unity Party or NUP [Dr. John KARIMU, chairman]; People's Democratic Party or PDP [Thaimu BANGURA, chairman]; People's Progressive Party or PPP [Abass Chernok BUNDU, chairman]; Revolutionary United Front Party or RUFP [Foday SANKOH, chairman]; Sierra Leone People's Party or SLPP [President Ahmad Tejan KABBAH, chairman]; United National People's Party or UNPP [John KARIFA-SMART in exile, Raymond KAMARA, acting leader]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: Trade Unions and Student Unions

      International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador John Ernest LEIGH
      chancery: 1701 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
      telephone: [1] (202) 939-9261 through 9263
      FAX: [1] (202) 483-1793

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Joseph H. MELROSE, Jr.
      embassy: Corner of Walpole and Siaka Stevens Streets, Freetown
      mailing address: use embassy street address
      telephone: [232] (22) 226481 through 226485
      FAX: [232] (22) 225471

      Flag description: three equal horizontal bands of light green (top), white, and light blue

      NOTE: The information regarding Sierra Leone on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sierra Leone Government 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sierra Leone Government 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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