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Civil society groups oppose Constitutional change

Several leading civil society organizations have spoken out against the ruling PLD party Political Committee’s decision to push for a modification of the 2010 Constitution to allow for President Danilo Medina to run for re-election.

The Foundation for Institutionalism and Justice (Finjus) says the motion damages Dominican democracy. He said it would also be bad for President Danilo Medina and could cause a rift within the PLD. “Of the 38 changes to the Constitution, 32 have been to extend a term, or allow for re-election,” said Servio Tulio Castanos Guzman.

Citizen Participation and the Dominican Alliance Against Corruption (Adoco) also expressed their opposition to attempts to push the re-election bid through Congress.

Two-thirds of all legislators (190 deputies plus 32 senators) or 148 legislators would have to vote in favor. For the re-election bid to pass, the PLD is 18 votes short, even if all PLD legislators, including supporters of President Leonel Fernandez seeking the PLD candidacy in the 2016 election, voted in favor. There are 37 PRM members, 41 PRD members and eight PRSC legislators. Francisco Javier Garcia, a key PLD party strategist, has said that the opposition votes are negotiable.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

April 21, 2105

Category: DR News |

  1. Samson

    The objections are understandable but the alternative is not what people want. Their reasoning is obvious. People are fed up with corruption. Is there a non corruptible candidate to replace the present President?

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