Dominica is a Democratic State, which gained full Independence on November 3, 1978. Dominica has a unicameral House of Assembly with 30 members, of which 21 are elected representatives, and 9 appointed senators (5 by ruling party). Elections are held every five years with universal suffrage of adults being 18 years. The House of Assembly elects the President who can serve for not more than two terms of five years each. The President appoints the Prime Minister, who consults the President in appointing other Ministers of Government.