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Dominican Republic


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Dominican Republic

        conventional short form:
        none

        local long form:
        Republica Dominicana

        local short form:
        none

    • Digraph:
      DR

    • Type:
      republic

    • 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 or married persons regardless of age

        note:
        members of the armed forces and police cannot vote

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state and head of government:
        President Joaquin BALAGUER Ricardo (since 16 August 1986, sixth elected term began 16 August 1994); Vice President Jacinto PEYNADO (since 16 August 1994) election last held 16 May 1994 (next to be held May 1996); results - Joaquin BALAGUER (PRSC) 42.6%, Juan BOSCH Gavino (PLD) 13.2%, Jose Francisco PENA Gomez (PRD) 41.9%, Jacobo MAJLUTA (PRI) 2.3%

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; nominated by the president

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral National Congress (Congreso Nacional)

        Senate (Senado):
        elections last held 16 May 1994 (next to be held May 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (30 total) PRSC 15, PLD 1, PRD 14

        Chamber of Deputies (Camara de Diputados):
        elections last held 16 May 1994 (next to be held May 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (120 total) PLD 13, PRSC 50, PRD 57

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (Corte Suprema)

    • Political parties and leaders:

        major parties:
        Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC), Joaquin BALAGUER Ricardo; Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), (vacant following retirement of Juan BOSCH Gavino); Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), Jose Franciso PENA Gomez; Independent Revolutionary Party (PRI), Jacobo MAJLUTA

        minor parties:
        National Veterans and Civilian Party (PNVC), Juan Rene BEAUCHAMPS Javier; Liberal Party of the Dominican Republic (PLRD), Andres Van Der HORST; Democratic Quisqueyan Party (PQD), Elias WESSIN Chavez; National Progressive Force (FNP), Marino VINICIO Castillo; Popular Christian Party (PPC), Rogelio DELGADO Bogaert; Dominican Communist Party (PCD), Narciso ISA Conde; Dominican Workers' Party (PTD), Ivan RODRIGUEZ; Anti-Imperialist Patriotic Union (UPA), Ignacio RODRIGUEZ Chiappini; Alliance for Democracy Party (APD), Maximilano Rabelais PUIG Miller, Nelsida MARMOLEJOS, Vicente BENGOA; Democratic Union (UD), Fernando ALVAREZ Bogaert

        note:
        in 1983 several leftist parties, including the PCD, joined to form the Dominican Leftist Front (FID); however, they still retain individual party structures

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Collective of Popular Organzations (COP), leader NA

    • Member of:
      ACP, CARICOM (observer), ECLAC, FAO, G-11, G-77, GATT, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, 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, WTO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Jose del Carmen ARIZA Gomez

        chancery:
        1715 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 332-6280

        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, Minneapolis, Mobile, and Ponce (Puerto Rico)

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Donna Jean HRINAK

        embassy:
        corner of Calle Cesar Nicolas Penson and Calle Leopoldo Navarro, Santo Domingo

        mailing address:
        Unit 5500, Santo Domingo; APO AA 34041

        telephone:
        [1] (809) 541-2171, 8100

        FAX:
        [1] (809) 686-7437

    • Flag:
      a centered white cross that extends to the edges, divides the flag into four 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 center of the cross






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