House of Assembly of Dominica
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The House of Assembly is the legislature of Dominica. It is established by Chapter III of the Constitution of Dominica, and together with the President of Dominica constitutes Dominica's Parliament. The House is unicameral, and consists of twenty-one Representatives, nine Senators, and an ex officio member. The Speaker of the House becomes the thirty-second member when chosen from outside the membership of the House.
Representatives are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple-majority (or First-past-the-post) system for a term of five years. The Representatives in turn decide whether the Senators are to be elected by their vote, or appointed. If appointed, five are chosen by the president with the advice of the prime minister and four with the advice of the opposition leader. There is one ex officio member and the remaining seat is held by the Speaker.
Alix Boyd Knights is the current Speaker of the House of Assembly, and was elected from outside the membership of the House. First elected on April 17, 2000, Knights is the longest to serve in that position.1
The Cabinet of Dominica is appointed from members of the House of Assembly. However, no more than three Senators may be members of the Cabinet.
As of the election held on 18 December 2009, the Dominica Labour Party holds 18 of the 21 directly elected seats, and the opposition United Workers' Party holds three seats. The next election is scheduled for 2014.2
Due to the opposition boycott of the House of Assembly, only five senators were initially appointed.6
|Dayton Baptiste||DLP||Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.6 Resigned to run as a candidate in the 2010 by-election.7|
|Ezekiel Bazil||UWP||Appointed by the Opposition Leader on 5 August 2010.8|
|Alvin Bernard||DLP||Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.6|
|Ron Green||UWP||Appointed by the Opposition Leader on 5 August 2010.8|
|Ronnie Isidore||UWP||Appointed by the Opposition Leader on 5 August 2010.8|
|Tammy Jean-Jacques||DLP||Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.6|
|Daniel Lugay||UWP||Appointed by the Opposition Leader, sworn in on 25 October 2011, to replace the resigning Claudius Sanford.9|
|Bentley Royer||DLP||Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.6 Resigned to run as a candidate in the 2010 by-election.10|
|Charles Savarin||DLP||Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.6|
- List of members of the House of Assembly of Dominica
- List of Speakers of the House of Assembly of Dominica
- History of Dominica
- List of legislatures by country
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