Africa is a continent and does not have a single government. As of 2014, there are more than 55 countries in Africa. The forms of government in these countries range from democracies to monarchies and dictatorships. Military coups have been fairly common in Africa. Insurgencies and counter-insurgencies are a regular phenomenon. Politically it has not been a very stable continent for decades.Continue Reading
As of 2014, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Mauritania, Niger and Malawi have constitutional monarchies. Zimbabwe is effectively a democracy but run since independence by a single individual, President Robert Mugabe. Libya is in a state of chaos with the fall of the Gadhafi regime. Egypt is in the hands of a military regime.
One of the wealthiest countries in Africa is the Republic of South Africa. It is situated on the southern tip of the African continent and has a democratic form of government.
The executive head of South Africa is the president who is the leader of the single biggest party winning the elections. The South African parliament has two houses, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The National Assembly has 400 members. Members of the National Council of Provinces come from the 9 provinces with each province providing 10 members each.
In South Africa, the judiciary is independent of the executive. The two apex courts are the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.Learn more about Africa
The smallest country in Africa is Seychelles, a group of islands off the continent's east coast. The smallest country on the mainland of the continent is The Gambia.Full Answer >
More than 50 countries are located on the continent of Africa. A large part of Africa experiences a tropical or desert climate. The world's largest desert, the Sahara, is located on the continent of Africa. Africa is the world's second-largest continent, though it has more tropical area than any other continent.Full Answer >
While many assume that Africa as mainly desert, it is a diverse continent that sees a fair amount of snowfall away from the countries near the equator. Snowfall in Africa is rare, occurring in mountainous regions and in isolated incidences.Full Answer >
Africa is the second largest continent on the Earth and includes about 22 percent of the Earth's land mass. It is also the second most populous continent, with 1.1 billion people, 16 percent of the world's population as of 2014. Half of those people are under 25 years of age. Over 2,000 languages spoken in Africa, and the most commonly spoken language is Arabic, with over 170 million speakers.Full Answer >