Like other states in India, the head of state of Meghalaya is the Governor, appointed by the President of India on the advice of the Central government. His or her post is largely ceremonial. The Chief Minister is the head of government and is vested with most of the executive powers. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, and houses the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) and the secretariat. The Guwahati High Court, located in Guwahati, Assam has a Shilong Bench that exercises the jurisdiction and powers in respect of cases arising in the State of Meghalaya.