Executive Branch

Chief of state
H.E. Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera
​President of the Republic of Malawi

Note
The President is the Chief of State and Head of Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Malawi
Head of Government
H.E. Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera
President of the Republic of Malawi

Cabinet
Members of the Cabinet named by the President
Elections
President elected by 50 percent plus one of the electorate through direct, universal and equal suffrage for a five-year term.

Cabinet

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Country name

Conventional long form
Republic of Malawi
Former
British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland

Legal system

• Based on English common law and customary law.
• Judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court of Appeal
• Accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations.

Government type

Multiparty democracy

Administrative divisions

32 districts
Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Likoma, Lilongwe, Machinga, Mangochi, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mwanza, Mzimba, Neno, Ntcheu, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Rumphi, Salima, Thyolo, Zomba

National holiday

Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July (1964)

Constitution

18 May 1994

Legislative branch

• All legislative powers of the Republic of Malawi are vested in Parliament and the Act of Parliament has primary over other forms of law, but is subject to the Constitution.
• Unicameral National Assembly (193 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
• Elections: last held on 21 May 2019 (next to be held in May 2024)

Independence

6 July 1964 (from the UK)

Capital

Name
Lilongwe
Geographic coordinates
13 59 S, 33 47 E
Time difference
GMT+2

Judicial branch

• Supreme Court of Appeal
• High Court (chief justice appointed by the president, puisne judges appointed on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission)
• magistrate's courts

Suffrage

18 years of age; universal

National anthem

Name
"Mulungu dalitsani Malawi" (Oh God Bless Our Land of Malawi)
Note
adopted 1964

International organization participation

ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MINURCAT, MONUC, NAM, OPCW, SADC, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
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Sheikh Zayed, Giza, Cairo.
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