Map of Malawi
Contact the Embassy:
Location

13 El-Fallah Street, off Shehab Street, Mohandeseen, Giza, Egypt

Location

00 202 33489541 – 33489542

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00 202 33489539

Location

malawiembcairo@gmail.com

Government and Politics

Country name:

Conventional long form: Republic of Malawi

Former: British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland

Government type:

Multiparty democracy

Capital:

Name: Lilongwe

Geographic coordinates: 13 59 S, 33 47 E

Time difference: GMT+2

Administrative divisions:

28 districts: Balaka, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Karonga, Kasungu, Likoma, Lilongwe, Machinga, Mangochi, Mchinji, Mulanje, Mwanza, Mzimba, Neno, Ntcheu, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Ntchisi, Phalombe, Rumphi, Salima, Thyolo, Zomba

Independence:

6 July 1964 (from the UK)

National holiday:

Independence Day (Republic Day), 6 July (1964)

Constitution:

18 May 1994

Legal system:

  • Based on English common law and customary law.
  • Judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations.

Suffrage:

18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:

Malawi President

His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika

Chief of state: President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika (since 31 May 2014)

Note: the president is the Chief of State and Head of Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of Malawi

Head of Government: President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika (since 31 May 2014)

Cabinet: Members of the Cabinet named by the president

Elections: President elected by a majority of the electorate through direct, universal and equal suffrage for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 20 May 2014 (next to be held in May 2019)

Legislative branch:

  • All legislative powers of the Republic of Malawi are vested in Parliament and the Act of Parliament has primary over other forms of law, but is subject to the Constitution.
  • Unicameral National Assembly (193 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
  • Elections: last held on 20 May 2014 (next to be held in May 2019)

Judicial branch:

  • Supreme Court of Appeal
  • High Court (chief justice appointed by the president, puisne judges appointed on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission)
  • magistrate's courts

International organization participation:

ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MINURCAT, MONUC, NAM, OPCW, SADC, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

Flag description:

Malawi Flag

Flag of Malawi

Three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green. The black stripe represents the people of Africa, the colour red stands for the blood spilt in Malawi's struggle for independence and the colour green symbolizes the country's vegetation. The rising sun represents the dawn of freedom and hope on the African continent.

National anthem:

Name: "Mulungu dalitsani Malawi" (Oh God Bless Our Land of Malawi)

Note: adopted 1964