Commonwealth of Dominica
Political Status: Former British dependency; joined West Indies Associated States in 1967; independent member of the Commonwealth since November 3, 1978.
Area: 290.5 sq. mi. (752.4 sq. km.).
Population: 71, 727 (2001C); 71, 900 (2010E).
Major Urban Center (2005E): ROSEAU (14, 000).
Official Language: English (a French patois is widely spoken).
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate December 1, 2009: 2.70 = $1US).[Page 395]
President: Nicholas LIVERPOOL; elected by the House of Assembly on October 2, 2003, and inaugurated for a five-year term on October 6, succeeding Vernon SHAW; inaugurated for a second five-year term on October 2, 2008.
Prime Minister: Roosevelt SKERRIT (Dominica Labour Party); sworn in January 8, 2004, succeeding Pierre CHARLES (Dominica Labour Party), who died on January 6; remained in office following elections of May ...