Zimbabwe

Government

Zimbabwe is governed under the 2013 constitution. The president, who is both head of state and head of government, is popularly elected for a five-year term and may serve two terms. There is a bicameral Parliament. The 80-seat Senate, which was reestablished in 2005, has 60 elected members, 18 traditional tribal chiefs, and two representatives for persons with disabilities. The National Assembly has 210 members, all of whom are elected, but 60 additional seats are reserved for women in the first two Parliaments elected under the 2013 constitution. Members in each body serve five year terms. Administratively, Zimbabwe is divided into eight provinces and two cities (Bulawayo and Harare) with provincial status.

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