Country Description

General information

Official name: Republic of  Malawi

Government: Republic

Area: 118 ,484 sq. km

Capital: Lilongwe

Official languages: English

Other languages: Chichewa

Population: 16. 777.547 million (July 2013 est.)

Religions: Christians (approx.75%), Muslims (18%)

Political Data

Independence day: 6 July 1964 from Great Britain

Structure of Government:

Executive: The President of the Republic is both Chief of State and Head of Government. The President is elected by absolute majority popular vote for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term only). The Vice President and members of the Government are appointed by the President.  

Legislative: Unicameral National Assembly. Members are elected by simple majority vote to serve a 5-year term.

Judicial: The Supreme Court and the High Court are the highest courts.

Foreign policy: Malawi is a member of UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO,UNOCI, WTO, UPU,WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPOI, UNWTO, IMF, ILO, IOM

Economic Data

GDP: 3,705  billion USD (IMF est. 2013)

Main economic resources: tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement etc

Major Trading Partners: Germany, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, China.

Legal System

Mixed legal system of English common law and customary law.

Useful Links

National: Constitution and Malawian Government portal.

Regional: Visit the website of: AU, SADC, COMESA

International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection

National Partners of African Law Library

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