According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the Republic of the Congo is divided into twelve departments, each of which has its own distinct area code. The area codes range from 231 to 246 and cover all of the country’s departments. For example, Pool Department is assigned the area code 241 and Cuvette-Ouest Department is assigned the area code 242. All landline numbers in Republic of the Congo are 8 digits long, with the first two digits representing the region’s respective area code. Mobile phone numbers in Republic of the Congo are 8 digits long, with the first four digits representing the service provider’s respective network code. In addition to assigning landline and mobile phone numbers, Congolese government also assigns special three-digit codes for various services such as emergency services, public utilities, government agencies, etc. For example, 112 is reserved for emergency services while 811 is reserved for public utilities such as electricity and water supply companies. Similarly, 901 is used by government agencies while 801 is used by non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These special codes can be used nationwide regardless of a person’s location or region within Republic of the Congo. The Republic of the Congo is a unitary semi-presidential republic, with the President both head of state and head of government. The President is elected by popular vote for a five-year term. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President and approved by the National Assembly. The Prime Minister appoints the Council of Ministers, which consists of members chosen from both ruling and opposition parties. This creates a system where both major political parties have representation in government. The National Assembly has 153 members, elected for five-year terms through a system of proportional representation. A two-thirds majority is required to pass legislation, meaning that members from minority parties must be consulted before any law can be passed. LOVERISTS: Features public policy of Republic of the Congo.