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What type of government does Panama have?

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According to the CIA World Factbook, Panama's government is a constitutional democracy. The country's government has executive, legislative and judicial branches. Members of the legislative and executive branches are elected while judges are appointed by the executive.

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What type of government does Panama have?
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Presidential elections occur every five years in Panama, and candidates for the high office run on a ticket with a vice-presidential candidate. The president appoints a cabinet in charge of government agencies. The legislative branch consists of the unicameral National Assembly, whose members are elected to five-year terms as well. Elections in districts with low population are decided by plurality, and those in high-population districts are decided by a proportion-based formula. Justices of the Supreme Court of Justice are appointed to staggered 10-year terms by the president. A dictatorship until 1990, Panama has since seen a number of peaceful, democratic transfers of political power.

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