Country Description

General information

Official name: Republic of  Somalia

Government: Republic

Area: 637,657 sq. km

Capital: Mogadishu

Official languages: Somali

Other languages: Arabic, English

Population: 10 251 568 habitants (July 2013 est.)

Religions: Muslims (99%)

Political Data

Independence day: 1st July 1960

Structure of Government:

Executive: The President is indirectly elected by the Federal Parliament for a 4-year term. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet are appointed by the President with the approval of the Federal Parliament.

Legislative: Bicameral parliament consisting of the House of the People and the Upper Chamber. Members are elected for a 4-year term.

Judicial: The transitional Supreme Court is the highest court.

Foreign policy: Somalia is a member of ACP, AMF, AU, CAEU (candidate), FAO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, OIC, UN, UNESCO, UNHCR,UNIDO, UPU, WFTU (NGO's),WHO, WIPO, WMO

Economic Data

GDP: 5, 896 billion USD

Main economic resources: bananas, sorghum, corn, rice, etc

Major Trading Partners: Yemen, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, China

Legal System

Mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer).

Useful Links

National: Constitution and Portal of the Somalian Government

Regional: Visit the website of AU and IGAD

International: United Nations Treaty Series Online collection

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