Republic of Ghana

Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Ghana
 Conventional short form: Ghana
 Former: Gold Coast
 Capital: Accra
 Government type: constitutional democracy
 Independence: 6 March 1957 (from Great Britain)
 National holiday: Independence Day, 6 March (1957)
 Constitution: approved 28 April 1992
 Legal system: based on English common law and customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
 Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
 Executive branch: President, Cabinet
 Head of government: President John Dramani Mahama (since 24 July 2012);Vacant since 24 July 2012)
 Cabinet: Council of Ministers; president nominates members subject to approval by Parliament
 Elections: president and vice president are elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms(eligible for a second term); election last held 7 December 2008 (next to be held in December 2012)
 Legislative branch: unicameral Parliament(230 seats; members are elected by direct, popular vote to serve four-year terms)

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