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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: 71,293 (2012E—UN); 73,449 (2014E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2011E): ROSEAU (14,000).

Official Language: English (a French patois is widely spoken).

Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate October 1, 2014: 2.70 dollars = $1US).

President: Charles SAVARIN (Dominica Labour Party); elected by the House of Assembly on September 30, 2013, and sworn in on October 2, succeeding Eliud Thaddeus WILLIAMS (Dominica Labour Party).

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 5, 2005, and December 18, 2009.

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