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Social welfare feeds votes for the ruling PLD

A report in Diario Libre on 4 September 2017 focuses on the quadrupling of the social welfare budget of the Presidency from 2008. In 2008, during the last Presidency of President Leonel Fernandez, social welfare programs managed by the Presidency’s Social Cabinet were RD$6,102,725,328. For 2017, now under President Danilo Medina, the Social Cabinet budget has increased to RD$25,484,964,725. President Danilo Medina recently highlighted that 816,109 families receive the modest stipends from the programs.

The report headline states that the social welfare funds have been key in the victories of the ruling PLD since 2008. But there is only so much the RD$1,000 average a family receives can influence a vote. Political scientist Freddy Angel Castro observes that while social welfare benefits can encourage a vote in favor of the ruling party, these stipends will not necessarily guarantee political support from the beneficiaries of the program. Castro points out that the overall performance of the economy matters most to voters.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Sep 5, 2017

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