Head of Government

Updated October 2007

Country Executive
ANGOLA President directly elected by absolute majority, two five year terms
Prime Minister appointed by President in consultation with parties in the National Assembly; President may dismiss the Prime Minister after consultation with the Council of the Republic
BOTSWANA President elected by every newly elected National Assembly, two five year terms
Vice-President appointed by President from among members of National Assembly
DRC President directly elected by absolute majority, two five year terms
Prime Minister, appointed by President, shares executive power and forms the government; must enjoy the support of the Assembly
LESOTHO Prime Minister is appointed by the King, but must enjoy the support of the Assembly
Deputy Prime Ministe appointed by Prime Minister
MADAGASCAR Prime Minister is head of government, appointed by President. Must resign if motion of censure is passed by a majority of National Assembly
MALAWI President is directly elected by a plurality, two terms of five years
First Vice-President elected on same ticket as President
Second Vice-President from different party may be appointed by President
MAURITIUS Prime Minister appointed by the President but must enjoy the support of the National Assembly
Deputy Prime Minister appointed by Prime Minister
MOZAMBIQUE President is directly elected by absolute majority, two terms of five years, but eligible for reelection five years after previous terms
Prime Minister appointed by President
NAMIBIA President is directly elected by absolute majority, two terms of five years
Prime Minister appointed by President appoints
Deputy Prime Minister may be appointed by President
SEYCHELLES President is directly elected by plurality, three terms of five years
Vice-President is appointed by President
SOUTH AFRICA President is elected by every newly elected parliament, two terms of five years
Vice-President appointed by President
SWAZILAND Prime Minister appointed by and answerable to King
Deputy Prime Minister appointed by Prime Minister
TANZANIA President is directly elected by absolute majority, two terms of five years
Vice-President elected on same ticket as President
Prime Minister appointed by President
ZAMBIA President is directly elected by a plurality, two terms of five years
Vice-President appointed by President
ZANZIBAR President is directly elected by absolute majority, two terms of five years
Chief Minister appointed by President from members of House of Representatives, responsible for the day-to-day functioning of government; forced to resign if 2/3 majority of House passes a motion of no confidence
ZIMBABWE President is directly elected by absolute majority, unrestricted number of terms of five years each
Two Vice-Presidents may be appointed by President