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    Dominican Republic Government 1997

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

      Data code DR

      Government type republic

      National capital Santo Domingo

      Administrative divisions 29 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 Juan, San Pedro de Macoris, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, 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

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

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (since 16 August 1996); Vice PresidentJaime David FERNANDEZ Mirabal (since 16 August 1996); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government : President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (since 16 August 1996); Vice PresidentJaime David FERNANDEZ Mirabal (since 16 August 1996); note - the presidentis 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 votefor four-year term; election last held 16 May 1996; runoff election held 30June 1996 (next to be held 16 May 2000)
      election results: President FERNANDEZ elected to his first term; percent of vote - LeonelFERNANDEZ (PLD) 51.25%, Jose Francisco PENA Gomez (PRD) 48.75%

      Legislative branch bicameral National Congress or Congreso Nacional consists of the Senateor Senado (30 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-yearterms) and the Chamber of Deputies or Camara de Diputados (120 seats; membersare elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: Senate - last held 30 May 1994 (next to be held NA May 1998); Chamberof Deputies - last held 16 May 1994 (next to be held NA May 1998)
      election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PRSC 15, PLD1, PRD 14; Chamber of Deputies - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party- PLD 13, PRSC 50, PRD 57

      Judicial branch Supreme Court (Corte Suprema), judges are elected by a Council madeup of legislative and executive members with the president presiding

      Political parties and leaders
      major parties: Social Christian Reformist Party or PRSC [Joaquin BALAGUER Ricardo];Dominican Liberation Party or PLD [Lidio CADET]; Dominican Revolutionary Partyor PRD [Jose Franciso PENA Gomez]; Independent Revolutionary Party or PRI
      minor parties: National Veterans and Civilian Party or PNVC [Juan Rene BEAUCHAMPS Javier];Liberal Party of the Dominican Republic or PLRD [Andres Van Der HORST]; DemocraticQuisqueyan Party or PQD [Elias WESSIN Chavez]; National Progressive Forceor FNP [Marino VINICIO Castillo]; Popular Christian Party or PPC [RogelioDELGADO Bogaert]; Dominican Communist Party or PCD [Narciso ISA Conde]; DominicanWorkers' Party or PTD [Ivan RODRIGUEZ]; Anti-Imperialist Patriotic Union orUPA [Ignacio RODRIGUEZ Chiappini]; Alliance for Democracy Party or APD [MaximilanoRabelais PUIG Miller, Nelsida MARMOLEJOS, Vicente BENGOA]; Democratic Unionor UD [Fernando ALVAREZ Bogaert]
      note: in 1983 several leftist parties, including the PCD, joined to form theDominican Leftist Front or FID; however, they still retain individual partystructures

      Political pressure groups and leaders Collective of Popular Organizations or COP

      International organization participation ACP, Caricom (observer), ECLAC, FAO, G-11, G-77, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO,ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, LAES, LAIA (observer), NAM (guest), OAS, OPANAL, PCA, UN,UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Bernardo VEGA Boyrie
      chancery: 1715 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone: [1] (202) 332-6280, 6281
      FAX: [1] (202) 265-8057
      consulate(s) general: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mayaguez (Puerto Rico), Miami, New Orleans,New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and San Juan (Puerto Rico)
      consulate(s): Charlotte Amalie (Virgin Islands), Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Mobile,and Ponce (Puerto Rico)

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Donna Jean HRINAK
      embassy: corner of Calle Cesar Nicolas Penson and Calle Leopoldo Navarro, SantoDomingo
      mailing address: Unit 5500, APO AA 34041
      telephone: [1] (809) 221-2171, 221-8100
      FAX: [1] (809) 686-7437

      Flag description a centered white cross that extends to the edges, divides the flag intofour rectangles - the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue; a small coat of arms is at the centerof the cross

      NOTE: The information regarding Dominican Republic on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Dominican Republic Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Dominican Republic Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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