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A republic in the E Caribbean, comprising a volcanic island in the Windward Islands group; a former British colony; became independent as a member of the Commonwealth in 1978. Official language: English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: East Caribbean dollar. Capital: Roseau. Population: 76 400 (1998 est.). Area: 751 sq. km (290 sq. miles). Official name: Commonwealth of Dominica.

Summary Article: Dominica from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Island in the eastern Caribbean, between Guadeloupe and Martinique, the largest of the Windward Islands, with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west. Government Dominica is an independent republic within the Commonwealth and is a multiparty parliamentary democracy. The constitution dates from independence (1978) and provides for a single-chamber, 30-member house of assembly. Twenty-one are representatives elected by universal suffrage in single-seat regional constituencies, and nine are appointed senators, five on the advice of the prime minister and four on the advice of the leader of the opposition. The assembly serves a five-year term, as does the president, who is elected by it and acts as constitutional head of state, appointing the prime minister on the basis of assembly support. The prime minister chooses the cabinet, and all are responsible to the assembly. History The island was inhabited by the...    Continue Reading

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