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    Dominica Government 2000

      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 [Rosie DOUGLAS]; United Workers Party or UWP [Edison JAMES]

      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: [1] (202) 364-6781
      FAX: [1] (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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