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Senate annuls law which declares Loma Miranda a National Park

SANTO DOMINGO. The observations which President Danilo Medina made to the law which declared Loma Miranda a National Park were heard and approved after one reading, so that in this way the Law was annulled.

The approval of the observations made by the Executive Power was done after the Senate president, Cristina Lizardo, submitted the law that the upper house approved last week to a vote and it was only approved by three senators of the 29 present.

These three senators were Euclides Sanchez, of La Vega; Amable Aristy,from La Altagracia, and Sonia Mateo Espinoza from Dajabon.

Of the 29 senators present, 26 voted in favor of approving the President’s observations.

The senator for the National District, Reinaldo Pared Perez, recalled that in the letter sent by President Medina to the National Congress, at no time did he refer to the fact that Loma Miranda will be exploited.

He underlined in addition the fact that in the letter the President gave guarantees that in no any other place of the country would there be any mining exploitations without previously complying in a strict manner with the requirements of an environmentally sustainable operation.

The Senate president said that at the moment of introducing the legislation they complied with article 102 of the Constitution. The Senate vice president, Francis Vargas, presented the Plenary with the observations made by the Executive Power.

Danilo: “It has not been easy”

Among the reasons which President Medina alleged in a letter sent to the Senate to reject the law was that it violated the Constitution of the Republic and ignored the commitments taken by the state regarding the protection of investments.

At the same time on his Twitter account, @DaniloMedina, he said:”I respect all those fellow-citizens that do not share my decision. It has not been easy”, but it was due to the law and his responsibility as Chief of State.

He assured the people, likewise, that his observations to the project are the result of a profound analysis of all the arguments, and he said that his priority is the present and the future of the nation and that he is convinced that this “future depends on the capacity to harmonize development and sustainability.”

As soon as the observations by the Executive Power were announced, the sectors that fought for the lay which declares Loma Miranda a National Park announced demonstrations against the decision by the President.

Yesterday morning in several locales in the Cibao there were protests against the government’s measure. The business sector backed the observations.

Lizardo rejects protests

The Senate president, Cristina Lizardo, express or rejection of any action that violates the peace and security which Dominicans enjoy, after the Senate accepted the observations made by the Executive Power to the project which created Loma Miranda National Park.

The side there was emphatic as she stressed that “we are in the time to act in a civilized manner, we have reached a consensus and each one has suggested and expressed his or her point of view and we are acting in accordance with what is established by the Constitution of the Republic.”

Source: DiarioLibre

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