Dominican Republic - Local government
The Dominican Republic is divided into 29 provinces and a National District, encompassing Santo Domingo. The provinces are further subdivided into 31 municipal districts and 95 municipalities. The president appoints the provincial governors. Municipal districts must have at least 5,000 inhabitants and produce sufficient revenue to finance their own administrative agencies. The municipalities and the National District are governed by mayors and municipal councils of at least five members, elected by popular vote.