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Will the ruling PLD political party split

Diario Libre political analysts have been speculating former President Leonel Fernandez could split from the PLD and separately form his own political party. Fernandez is the president of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party, but analysts indicate the extreme measure is a possibility if President Danilo Medina and followers continue to present obstacles to Fernandez running for President according to the 2015 Constitution.

The 2015 Constitution that enabled President Medina to seek re-election in 2016 bans his running for the presidency again. The same Constitution allows for former President Fernandez (1996-2000, 2004-2008, 2008-2012) to seek the presidency in 2020.

The Political Committee of the PLD has delayed the passing of the Political Parties and Electoral bills. A major snag is that members loyal to President Danilo Medina want to incorporate the open primaries voting system to elect presidential candidates. This has already been banned by a Supreme Court of Justice ruling. The open primaries system would allow all on the Central Electoral Board list of voters to choose the candidate for president for any political party and is said to favor the candidate with the biggest pockets of cash.

The Medina government has a majority in senators and deputies, and is majority in the Political Committee of the PLD.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Nov 28, 2017

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