Official name: Republic of Gabon
Area: 267,667 sq. km
Official languages: French
Population: 1,8 million (census February 2015)
Religions: Christians (85%), Indigenous Beliefs (13%), Muslims (2%).
Independence day: 17 August 1960 from France
Structure of Government:
Executive: The President is the Chief of State. The President is elected by simple majority popular vote for a 7-year term. The Prime Minister, who is appointed by the President, forms the government in consultation with The President.
Legislative: The bicameral Parliament consists of a Senate and a National Assembly. Senators are elected by absolute majority vote and serve a 6-year term. Deputies of the National Assembly are elected by absolute majority vote and serve a 5-year term.
Judicial: The Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State and the Court of Auditors are the highest courts.
Foreign policy: Gabon is a member of UN, AU, CEMAC, FAO, IMF, OIF, OICI, UNESCO, WTO, WHO, etc.
GDP: 18.397 billion USD (IMF est. 2012)
Main economic resources: petroleum extraction and refining, manganese, gold, cocoa, coffee, sugar, palm oil, etc.
Major Trading Partners: USA, China, Malaysia, France, etc.
Civil law modeled on the French system.
International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection
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