Malawi maintains a first world style government with responsibility shared between the western style central government, and a traditional tribal system that handles many of the day-to-day local needs of the people. The officials in the central government gain their office through democratically conducted direct elections. They maintain an executive office, where the President can hold office for 2 five-year terms, a legislative branch, the Parliament, that makes the laws, and a judicial branch that handles all major disputes, stepping up to the final judicial office, the Supreme Court.

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