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President says officials didn’t know they had to declare assets

President Danilo Medina says that his government is summoning the officials who have not yet submitted their legal declaration of assets. In response to questions from journalists, the President was recorded justifying some officials for failing to comply with Law 311-14 because, in his words, “they did not know they had to.”

One reporter asked him “How can they not know, Mr. President? How can that be? Don’t they live in this country? Don’t they know the laws?” *To which he replied, “There are many people who don’t know”.

Medina said that the officials who had not submitted their legal declaration would not be paid on 24 December.

President Medina was speaking during a graduation ceremony for new Army officers on Tuesday, 6 December 2016.

On 14 November, Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo warned that any officials who had not completed their legal declaration by the deadline, 30 November, would have their salaries withheld.

Law 311-14 establishes that the asset statements need to be submitted no later than 30 days after they take office, or by 15 September 2016. Over 4,500 government officers did not declare their asset statements on time.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Dec 7, 2016

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