Official name: Republic of Botswana
Area: 581,730 sq. km
Official language: English
Other languages: Setswana, Khoisan
Population: 2, 127,825 (est. July 2013)
Religions: Christians 70 %, Indigenous beliefs 30 %.
Independence day: 30 September 1966 from Great Britain
Structure of Government:
Executive: The President is both the Chief of state and the Head of government. The President is elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term). Together with the Parliament, the President appoints the vice President. In the event of the President's death or resignation before his mandate ends, the vice President replaces him.
Legislative: The bicameral Parliament consists of the National assembly whose members are elected for a 5-year term and the House of Chiefs.
Judicial: The High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal are the highest courts.
Foreign policy: Botswana is a member of ACP, AU, Commonwealth, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, WTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ILO, IMF, IOM, etc.
GDP: 14.78 billion USD ( World Bank est. 2014)
Main economic resources: Diamond, copper, potassium, coal, iron ore, livestock, sorghum, corn, sunflower, groundnut, etc
Major Trading Partners: South Africa, China, Brazil, India, Russia, Japan, Cuba
Mixed legal system of civil law influenced by the Roman-Dutch model and also customary and common law.
International: United Nations Treaty Online collection
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