The Executive Branch consists of the President and a Cabinet of Ministers, headed by the President. The President who is elected directly by the people for a six-year term (maximum of two terms) is Head of the State and Head of Government and also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.
The Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers are appointed by the President from the Members of Parliament.
The Legislature is called "Parliament" and consists of 225 Representatives, from whom Ministers are appointed by the President. The Members of Parliament or MPs are elected for five-year terms at periodical General Elections through a system of Proportional Representation.
The Sri Lankan Parliament is a Unicameral (One Chamber) assembly.