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Guinea Government

    Country name:
    conventional long form: Republic of Guinea
    conventional short form: Guinea
    local long form: Republique de Guinee
    local short form: Guinee
    former: French Guinea

    Data code: GV

    Government type: republic

    Capital: Conakry

    Administrative divisions: 4 administrative regions (regions administrative, singular—region administrative) and 1 special zone (zone speciale)*; Conakry*, Guinee, Guinee-Forestiere, Haute-Guinee, Moyen-Guinee

    Independence: 2 October 1958 (from France)

    National holiday: Anniversary of the Second Republic, 3 April (1984)

    Constitution: 23 December 1990 (Loi Fundamentale)

    Legal system: based on French civil law system, customary law, and decree; legal codes currently being revised; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

    Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President Lansana CONTE (head of military government since 5 April 1984, elected president 19 December 1993)
    head of government: Prime Minister Lamine SIDIME (since 8 March 1999)
    cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
    elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected president; election last held 14 December 1998 (next to be held NA December 2003); the prime minister appointed by the president
    election results: Lansana CONTE reelected president; percent of vote—Lansana CONTE (PUP) 56%, Alpha CONDE (RPG) 16%, Mamadou Boye BA (UNR-PRP) 24%

    Legislative branch: unicameral People's National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale Populaire (114 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)
    elections: last held 11 June 1995 (next to be held NA 2000)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party—PUP 71, RPG 19, PRP 9, UNR 9, UPG 2, PDG 1, UNP 1, PDG-RDA 1, other 1

    Judicial branch: Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel

    Political parties and leaders: political parties were legalized on 1 April 1992; of the more than 40 with legal status, the following won seats in the legislature in the 11 June 1995 elections
    pro-government: Party for Unity and Progress or PUP [Lansana CONTE]
    other: Democratic Party of Guinea-African Democratic Rally or PDG-RDA [El Hadj Ismael Mohamed Gassim GUSHEIN]; Democratic Party of Guinea or PDG-AST [Marcel CROS]; National Union for the Prosperity of Guinea or UNPG [Lt. Col. Facine TOURE]; Party for Renewal and Progress or PRP [Siradiou DIALLO]; Rally for the Guinean People or RPG [Alpha CONDE]; Union for Progress of Guinea or UPG [Jean-Marie DORE, secretary-general]; Union for a New Republic or UNR [Mamadou Boye BA]; Union for the New Republic or UNR [leader NA]; National Union for Prosperity or UNP [leader NA]

    International organization participation: ACCT, ACP, AfDB, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), ISO (correspondent), ITU, MINURSO, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Mohamed Aly THIAM
    chancery: 2112 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 483-9420
    FAX: [1] (202) 483-8688

    Diplomatic representation from the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Tibor P. NAGY, Jr.
    embassy: Rue Ka 038, Conakry
    mailing address: B. P. 603, Conakry
    telephone: [224] 41 15 20, 41 15 21, 41 15 23
    FAX: [224] 41 15 22

    Flag description: three equal vertical bands of red (hoist side), yellow, and green; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia; similar to the flag of Rwanda, which has a large black letter R centered in the yellow band

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