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    Ghana Government - 2002
    http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/wfb2002/ghana/ghana_government.html
    SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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

      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 John Agyekum KUFUOR (since 7 January 2001); Vice President Alhaji Aliu MAHAMA (since 7 January 2001); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President John Agyekum KUFUOR (since 7 January 2001); Vice President Alhaji Aliu MAHAMA (since 7 January 2001); 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 and 28 December 2000 (next to be held NA December 2004)
      election results: John Agyekum KUFUOR elected president in runoff election; percent of vote - John KUFUOR 56.4%, John Atta MILLS 43.6%

      Legislative branch unicameral Parliament (200 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 7 December 2000 (next to be held NA December 2004)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - NPP 100, NDC 92, PNC 3, CPP 1, independents 4

      Judicial branch Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders Convention People's Party or CPP [Nii Noi DOWUONA, general secretary]; Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere or EGLE [Owuraku AMOFA, chairman]; Great Consolidated Popular Party or GCPP [Dan LARTY]; National Convention Party or NCP [Sarpong KUMA-KUMA]; National Democratic Congress or NDC [Dr. Huudu YAHAYA, general secretary]; New Patriotic Party or NPP [Samuel Arthur ODOI-SYKES]; 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]; Reform Party [Kyeretwie OPUKU, general secretary]

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

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

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

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Nancy J. POWELL
      embassy: 6th and 10th Lanes, 798/1 Osu, Accra
      mailing address: P. O. Box 194, Accra
      telephone: [233] (21) 776601, 776602
      FAX: [233] (21) 775747

      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

      NOTE: The information regarding Ghana on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ghana Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ghana Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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