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EXECUTIVE

The Executive comprises the President, Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State appointed by the President with the approval of the House of Representatives;
Head of State: President Ernest Bai KOROMA (since 17 September 2007) - the President is both the Chief of Staff and head of government and the cabinet is responsible to the President.
Elections: The President is elected by popular vote for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 17 November 2012 (next to be held in 2017). Ernest Bai KOROMA was elected President of Sierra Leone in 2012. Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of Sierra Leone, the executive power in Sierra Leone is vested in the President and may be exercised by him directly or through members of the Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, or public officers subordinate to him.
In the exercise of his functions, the President may act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet. Except in cases where, by the Constitution or any other law states, he is required to act with the approval of Parliament or in accordance with the advice of any person or authority other than the Cabinet. No person can hold office as President for more than two terms of five years each, whether or not the terms are consecutive. The Vice-President of Sierra Leone is selected by the President during the elections and is the Principal Assistant to the President in the discharge of his executive functions. There is, in addition to the office of Vice- President, such other offices of Ministers and Deputy Ministers as is established by the President
The Cabinet advises the President and the Government of Sierra Leone, and consists of the President, the Vice-President and the Ministers that the President appoints. The Cabinet determines the general policy of the Government. The President may appoint, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution or any other law the following persons: Chief Justice; Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, or Judges of the High Court; Auditor-General; Sole Commissioner or the Chairman and other Members of any Commission established by the Constitution; Chairman and other Members of the governing body of any corporation established by an Act of Parliament, a statutory instrument, or out of public funds, subject to the approval of Parliament.