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Surprise: Senator who ‘embezzled’ millions gets 70% win

Santo Domingo.- Senator Felix Bautista’s convincing win in his native San Juan province with around 70% of the votes, even above president Danilo Medina’s total, surprised many, since the lawmaker of Dominican Republic’s ruling party (PLD) had been charged with embezzling over US$100 million

San Juan voters weren’t swayed by the accusations of corruptoni and reelected Bautista, to the surprise of various sectors and opinion makers, while others quoted by called it “understandable.”

Another factor for Bautista’s were the numerous public works the government built in San Juan, which is also near Medina’s hometown of Arroyo Cano.

The outlet reports that the prosecution failed to submit the strong evidence needed to convict Bautista of embezzlement and money laundering, and led to the March 27, 2015, ruling for acquittal of the lawmaker and six codefendants by Supreme Court special justice Alejandro Moscoso.

Source: DT

May 18, 2016

Category: DR News |

  1. Stocker

    What’s the surprise? He’s the sort of politician the people love here!

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