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    Dominican Republic Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Dominican Republic
      conventional short form: none
      local long form: Republica Dominicana
      local short form: none

      Government type:
      representative democracy

      Capital:
      Santo Domingo

      Administrative divisions:
      31 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 district* (distrito); Azua, Baoruco, Barahona, Dajabon, Distrito Nacional*, Duarte, Elias Pina, El Seibo, Espaillat, Hato Mayor, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Monsenor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Samana, Sanchez Ramirez, San Cristobal, San Jose de Ocoa, San Juan, San Pedro de Macoris, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Santo Domingo, Valverde

      Independence:
      27 February 1844 (from Haiti)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 27 February (1844)

      Constitution:
      28 November 1966

      Legal system:
      based on French civil codes; undergoing modification in 2004 towards an accusatory system

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age, universal and compulsory; married persons regardless of age
      note: members of the armed forces and police cannot vote

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Rafael Hipolito MEJIA Dominguez (since 16 August 2000); Vice President Milagros ORTIZ-BOSCH (since 16 August 2000); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Rafael Hipolito MEJIA Dominguez (since 16 August 2000); Vice President Milagros ORTIZ-BOSCH (since 16 August 2000); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Cabinet nominated by the president
      elections: president and vice president elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 16 May 2000 (next to be held 16 May 2004)
      election results: Raphael Hipolito MEJIA Dominguez elected president; percent of vote - Rafael Hipolito MEJIA Dominguez (PRD) 49.87%, Danilo MEDINA (PLD) 24.95%, Joaquin BALAGUER (PRSC) 24.6%

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of the Senate or Senado (32 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and the Chamber of Deputies or Camara de Diputados (150 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: Senate - last held 16 May 2002 (next to be held NA May 2006); Chamber of Deputies - last held 16 May 2002 (next to be held NA May 2006)
      election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - PRD 29, PLD 2, PRSC 1; Chamber of Deputies - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - PRD 73, PLD 41, PRSC 36

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court or Corte Suprema (judges are elected by a Council made up of members of the legislative and executive branches with the president presiding)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Dominican Liberation Party or PLD [Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna]; Dominican Revolutionary Party or PRD [Hatuey DE CAMPS]; Social Christian Reformist Party or PRSC [Eduardo ESTRELLA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Collective of Popular Organizations or COP; Citizen Participation Group (Participacion Ciudadania)

      International organization participation:
      ACP, Caricom (observer), FAO, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (subscriber), ITU, LAES, LAIA (observer), NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW (signatory), PCA, RG, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Hugo GUILIANI Cury
      consulate(s): Mobile and Ponce (Puerto Rico)
      consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, Mayaguez (Puerto Rico), Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Juan (Puerto Rico)
      FAX: [1] (202) 265-8057
      telephone: [1] (202) 332-6280
      chancery: 1715 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Hans H. HERTELL
      embassy: corner of Calle Cesar Nicolas Penson and Calle Leopoldo Navarro, Santo Domingo
      mailing address: Unit 5500, APO AA 34041-5500
      telephone: [1] (809) 221-2171
      FAX: [1] (809) 686-7437

      Flag description:
      a centered white cross that extends to the edges divides the flag into four rectangles - the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue; a small coat of arms featuring a shield supported by an olive branch (left) and a palm branch (right) is at the center of the cross; above the shield a blue ribbon displays the motto, DIOS, PATRIA, LIBERTAD (God, Fatherland, Liberty), and below the shield, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA appears on a red ribbon


      NOTE: The information regarding Dominican Republic on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Dominican Republic Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominican Republic Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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