lundi 26 décembre 2011

Dominica: A republic divided into parishes.

Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica officially) is a small island country of the Lesser Antilles 751 km2. It is located between Guadeloupe and Martinique.
         Discovered Sunday in  1493 by the Genoese Christopher Columbus, the island received the name of Dominica (Sunday in Spanish). Predominantly Catholic and Anglican, the island is divided into 10 parishes.
         But there are also evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Adventists. Religion plays an important role in everyday life and people greet God. Population (72,500 inhabitants) mostly of African origin (86.8%) is very convenient, and masses are busy.
         Independent from Britain since November 3, 1978, the democratic republic it combines aspects of the republican model and the "Westminster system".
         With St. Lucia, which she shared the Creole language, Dominica is the only State of the OECS to be a member since 1979, of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
         The president is elected by Parliament for a term of five years. He chose as Prime Minister, a member who has a majority in Parliament.
         Since october 2, 2003, the country is chaired by Nicholas Joseph Orville Liverpool (1934) and the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (1972), elected since  January 8, 2004.

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