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Dominican Republic government corruption loses country’s right to vote in the UN

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic´s failure to pay its financial share during at least the last two years has led to losing its right to vote in the UN Assembly, the major opposition PRM party revealed Wednesday.

The revelation comes in the heels of the scandal linked to deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic Francis Lorenzo, a U.S. citizen who faces charges of conspiracy and of taking bribes.

The organization said the notice from the UN comes while president Danilo Medina is in Quito, Ecuador for the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), where Dominican Republic assumes the reginal bloc´s revolving presidency starting today.

In a press conference PRM international affairs director Roberto Alvarez said the country figures on a list of 15 UN Member States that have lost the right to vote in the UN for failure to pay their financial quota.

“According to the letter from Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of January 18 2016, addressed to the President of the General Assembly of that organization, the minimum payment necessary to reduce Dominican Republic arrears on account of the delay, so it is that amount by below the total amount owed corresponding “to the preceding two full years (2014 and 2015), the sum of US$2,104,515.”

According to the PRM leader, the missive reveals that Medina´s administration has failed to pay the country´s quota during the last two years. “It´s not the first time this embarrassing situation occurs under Medina´s government, which also lost the right to vote in March 2013 due to delays in our contribution.”

Judge doubts UN immunity

Last week ABC News reported that U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick was to rule on the fate of Francis Lorenzo, a U.S. citizen who was charged with being part of conspiracy and of taking bribes along with a former president of the U.N.

The Judge doubted that Lorenzo could be protected from prosecution of any crime because he was a deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic, a post Lorenzo cannot fill while holding U.S. citizenship.

Dominican Republic´s Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday denied having lost the right to vote at the UN General Assembly for alleged non-payment of its quota of the regional body as denounced by the PRM party.

Ministry spokesman Miguel Medina said the country maintains its  right to vote with a recent payment, “since it can be confirmed in the (UN) Department of Quotas.“

Source: DT

Jan 27, 2016

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