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The Parliament 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 17 April 2000, Boyd Knights is the longest to serve in that position.

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.

Speakers of the House of Assembly

The Speaker of the House of Assembly of Dominica is responsible for the management and general administration of the House, ensuring that rules of procedure are followed. The Speaker is elected by the House of Assembly at its first sitting after a general election. A member of the House who is elected as Speaker can only vote to break ties (a casting vote). If someone outside the membership of the House is elected as Speaker, they become a member, but cannot cast an original or casting vote.

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.
Name Entered Office Left Office
Hon. George Austin WINSTON 1966 October 1970
Hon. Eustace FRANCIS October 1970 ?
Hon. Frederick DEGAZON March 1977 December 1978
Hon. Pershing WALDRON 21 January 1979 19 June 1979
Hon. Eden BOWERS 19 June 1979 August 1980
Hon. Marie DAVIS-PIERRE 13 August 1980 30 December 1988
Hon. Crispin SORHAINDO 16 September 1989 24 October 1993
Hon. Neva EDWARDS 1 November 1993 2 August 1995
Hon. Frederick Osborne G. SYMES 3 August 1995 16 April 2000
Hon. Alix BOYD-KNIGHTS 17 April 2000 Incumbent
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Assembly_of_Dominica
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