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The Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania of 1977 (as last amended by Act No. 1 of 2005)

Year of current version:2005
Date of entry into force of original text:April 26, 1977
Date of Text (Adopted):April 25, 1977
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The United Republic of Tanzania in its actual form is the result of the merger of the Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar on 26 April 1964. The current Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania was ratified in 1977. It is the country's fourth Constitution since the independence from the United Kingdom, (9 December 1961 for Tanganyika and 10 December 1963 for Zanzibar).
Since 1977, it has been amended several times by the Constituent Assembly, in relation to the united government. This revised edition incorporates and consolidates all fourteen amendments made up to the year 2005.

The three organs of central government of the United Republic of Tanzania are the Executive (President, Vice-President, President of Zanzibar, Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers); the Judiciary (various courts of judicature) and the Legislature (the President and the National Assembly).

The President exercises a legislative authority vested in him by the Constitution to assent bills by Parliament in order to complete the enactment process before they become Law.

This Constitution does not contain provisions concerning the protection of intellectual property rights, however, article 24 refers to the right to own property
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