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President Danilo Medina of the PLD and PRD president Miguel Vargas announced the signing of an alliance today, Monday 7 September 2015. It was reported that the PLD president, former President Leonel Fernandez, would not attend the signing. PLD general secretary Reinaldo Pared Perez said that Fernandez would be absent due to prior commitments overseas.

The PRD was the largest single electoral force in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election. Nevertheless, recent polls showed that under Miguel Vargas Maldonado’s leadership its popularity has fallen below the minimum required for it to maintain official status as a party.

The PRD, under Vargas Maldonado, added the votes the PLD needed in order for Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution to allow Medina to run for re-election. Major polls had shown that he was the only PLD candidate sure to win in a first round in the 2016 presidential election. If the 2010 Constitution had been used, the strongest running candidate was former President Leonel Fernandez, president of the PLD.

Meanwhile, Luis Abinader of the current leading opposition party, the PRM, which broke away from the PRD, announced the signing of an alliance with the Frente Amplio minority party led by Fidel Santana. Santana says he is putting aside his presidential aspirations in order to support the PRM. As reported in Diario Libre, he said that the agreement is not about buying jobs in ministries, government departments or embassies abroad, or dividing up the national budget as spoils of war. “We want to change fear for hope, corruption for honesty, government propaganda for efficient work to resolve the problems of the Dominican family,” he stated.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Sep 7, 2015

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