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Dominica: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Commonwealth of Dominica
conventional short form: Dominica
Data code
DO
Government type
parliamentary democracy; republic within the
Commonwealth
Capital
Roseau
Administrative divisions
10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David,
Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint
Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter
Independence
3 November 1978 (from UK)
National holiday
Independence Day, 3 November (1978)
Constitution
3 November 1978
Legal system
based on English common law
Suffrage
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch
chief of state: President Vernon Lorden SHAW (since 7 October 1998)
head of government: Prime Minister Roosevelt DOUGLAS (since 2 February
2000)
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the advice of the prime
minister
elections: president elected by the House of Assembly for a five-year
term; election last held 7 October 1998 (next to be held NA October
2003); prime minister appointed by the president
election results: Vernon Lorden SHAW elected president; percent of
legislative vote - NA
Legislative branch
unicameral House of Assembly (30 seats, 9
appointed senators, 21 elected by popular vote representatives;
members serve five-year terms)
elections: last held 31 January 2000 (next to be held by NA 2005)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - LPD
10, UWP 9, DFP 2
Judicial branch
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (located in Saint
Lucia), one of the six judges must reside in Dominica and preside over
the Court of Summary Jurisdiction
Political parties and leaders
Dominica Freedom Party or DFP [Charles
SAVARIN]; Labor Party of Dominica or LPD ; United
Workers Party or UWP
Political pressure groups and leaders
Dominica Liberation Movement or
DLM (a small leftist party)
International organization participation
ACCT, ACP, C, Caricom, CDB,
ECLAC, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF,
IMO, Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM (observer), OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN,
UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO
Diplomatic representation in the US
chief of mission: Ambassador Nicholas J. O. LIVERPOOL (resident in
Dominica)
chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
telephone:  (202) 364-6781
FAX:  (202) 364-6791
consulate(s) general: New York
Diplomatic representation from the US
the US does not have an embassy
in Dominica; US interests are served by the embassy in Bridgetown,
Barbados
Flag description
green, with a centered cross of three equal bands -
the vertical part is yellow (hoist side), black, and white and the
horizontal part is yellow (top), black, and white; superimposed in the
center of the cross is a red disk bearing a sisserou parrot encircled
by 10 green, five-pointed stars edged in yellow; the 10 stars
represent the 10 administrative divisions (parishes)
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