Dominican Republic:

Government

The country is governed under the constitution of 2015. The president, who is both the head of state and the head of government, is elected by popular vote to a four-year term, and may serve for two terms. The legislature is the bicameral National Congress. The members of the 32-seat Senate and the 183-seat Chamber of Deputies are all directly elected for four-year terms. Administratively, the country is divided into 31 provinces and the National District. The major parties are the conservative Social Christian Reformist party, organized by Joaquín Balaguer, the rival and social-democratic Dominican Revolutionary party, organized by Juan Bosch, and the centrist Dominican Liberation party.

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