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Several temporary articles of the Constitution will be eliminated

SANTO DOMINGO. The Commission of Verification and Audit presented its report to the president of the National Review Assembly, Cristina Lizardo and the other members of the assembly, in which they recommend the approval of the new text of article 124 of the Constitution, at the same time that they suggest the exclusion of several temporary articles assigned in the Magna Carta.

With reference to the article that is the object of the reform, the commission of Style changed some expressions in order to give it a focus on gender.

Instead of referring just to the figure of the president, as was accepted by the assembly in the first reading last Saturday, the new text says: “The Executive Power will be exercised by the male or female President of the Republic, who will be elected each four years by direct vote. The male or female President of the Republic will be able to opt for a second consecutive constitutional term and will not be able to ever again stand for election to the same office or to the vice presidency of the Republic.”

With regard to the temporary article proposed in order to avoid President Danilo Medina, in case he is the presidential candidate for the 2016 – 2020 elections, being able to present himself for the following term or any other, it will be included within Chapter II, Title XV of the Constitution, which will now have eight temporary dispositions, 11 less than at the present time.

The first seven temporary dispositions that were included during the constitutional reform of 26 January 2010 are to be eliminated. These refer to the creation and composition of the high courts. Also eliminated was the temporary disposition Num. 10 that referred to the non-application of article 272, regarding the referendum of approval, to the 2010 reform. Other dispositions which were removed are the 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th.

Lupe Nuñez, the chairman of the Commission, explained that these dispositions have already fulfilled their purpose, and therefore it is logical that they no longer be included.

The text suggested by the Commission will be the one that the assembly will vote on in tomorrow’s session of the National Review Assembly. Cristina Lizardo, the President of the Assembly, indicated that, once the agenda for Friday is released, the report from the commission will be read and debates will be open in which everybody who wants to can participate. During the afternoon of this Friday, and during Saturday morning, they will proceed with the signing the new Constitution.

The proclamation is set for 10:00 on Saturday morning, starting with the National Anthem and a 21 gun salute. During the proclamation the complete text of the Constitution will be read.

Medina will not attend the proclamation ceremony

The Administrative Minister of the Presidency, José Ramon Peralta, denied yesterday that President Danilo Medina would attend on Saturday the proclamation of the modification of the Constitution.

The official came out of the office of the President and was going to enter his office when the reporters asked him for an interview. Upon entering his office he turned around and said: “The President is not going to the Congress.” Later on he emphasized in a brief written message: “He is not going to attend the Assembly. This is not a question of law, it is the regulations of the Congress.”

Also, the president of the National Review Assembly, Cristina Lizardo, reiterated that Medina would not participate in the proclamation. “His presence is not obligatory. The members of the Assembly are sovereign unto themselves in the proclamation and the President of the Republic does not necessarily have to be present.”

Source: DiarioLibre

June 11, 2015

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