Official name: Republic of Sierra Leone
Government: Sierra Leone
Area : 71,740 sq km
Official languages: English
Other languages: Mende, Temne, Krio
Population: 5,879,098 (CIA July 2015 est.)
Religions: Muslims 60%, Christians 10%,Indigenous beliefs 30%
Independence day: 27 April 1961 from the UK
Structure of Government:
Executive power: The President is elected by popular vote for a 5-year term (no term limits). The President is both the Chief of state and Head of Government. Ministers are appointed by the President with the approval of the House of Representatives.
Legislative: Unicameral Parliament. Members serve 5-year terms.
Judicial: The highest Courts are the Superior Court of Judicature, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court of Justice. The subordinate courts are the magistrates' courts, District Appeals Courts and the local courts.
Foreign policy: Sierra Leone is a member of ACP, AFDB, AU, ECOWAS, EITI (compliant country), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCT, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO (pending member), ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MINUSMA, NAM, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNISFA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
GDP: 12, 63 USD billion (2014 est.)
Main economic resources: diamond mining; iron ore, rutile and bauxite mining; small-scale manufacturing (beverages, textiles, cigarettes, footwear); petroleum refining, small commercial ship repair
mixed legal system of English common law and customary law
International: see the United Nations Treaty Online Collection
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