Brunei is a constitutional sultanate governed under the constitution of 1959, although some provisions have been suspended. The sultan is both head of state and head of government. The unicameral legislature consists of the 36-member Legislative Council, whose members are appointed by the sultan to five-year terms. Administratively, the country is divided into four districts.

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