Government in Zambia

Zambia became an independent state on the 24th October 1964. It is unitarily headed by a republican president who is elected by universal suffrage for a term of five years. Zambia has a common law legal system. The government is run by the president and his appointed cabinet. The legislature sits on the national assembly which made up of 150 members of parliament elected by universal suffrage for five-year terms. The president has the discretion to nominate an additional 8 members. The judiciary is independent and is headed by the Chief Justice. The government ministries and the departments, the government authorities and commissions are listed in these categories.