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Three Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos

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Geography and Population

Area: 2,226 square miles, slightly smaller than Delaware

Population: 422,675


Freedom House rating from “Freedom in the World 2015” (ranking of political rights and civil liberties in 195 countries): Not Free

Type: Constitutional sultanate

Chief of State and Head of Government: Sultan and Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah (since October 5, 1967)

Elections: none

Legislative branch: Legislative Council (33 members, appointed by the Sultan)

Judicial highest courts: Supreme Court with two chambers (Court of Appeal and High Court; both have a chief justice and two judges); Sharia Court of Appeal

Judges: Appointed by the Sultan; Supreme Court serve until 65; no term limit for Sharia Court of Appeal

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