Civil organizations in the Dominican Republic protest for possible constitutional reform on reelection
With the slogan "No to Continuism", civil organizations from the Dominican Republic came to the outskirts of the Congress of the Republic in Santo Domingo to reject the possible introduction of a p ...
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(CNN Spanish) - With the slogan "No to Continuism", civil organizations from the Dominican Republic came to the outskirts of the Congress of the Republic in Santo Domingo to reject the possible introduction of a bill that would reform
the Constitution of the country and open the possibility that the current president, Danilo Medina, can run for a third term.
Deputies from different groups have expressed their rejection of the possibility of introducing a proposal for constitutional reform.
The agenda of the Chamber of Deputies this Friday does not include the introduction of this bill. However, it could be introduced during the session, although for now, no deputy has publicly stated his intention to present the bill.
In an interview with the Dominican program "From now on," the deputy for the Dominican Liberation Party, Elpidio Báez, said this week that the project "is going to be introduced and there is no kind of difficulty for it to happen."
Báez added that President Danilo Medina must decide when to present the project.
If presented and approved, this would not be the first time the constitution is modified on the subject of relection. In 2015, Medina was re-elected after a reform was approved that will allow him to stand as a candidate in 2016. At that time, Medina denied that the reform, which allows Dominican presidents to run for two consecutive terms, is something negative for democracy of the country and said that with it the Dominican Republic is at the level of other nations.
On Thursday, the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic reported that Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, spoke with Medina "on the importance of preserving democratic institutions and respect
to the rule of law and the constitution. "
August 22 is the deadline for political parties to present the list of candidates to the electoral committee. So far, President Danilo Medina has not formalized his application, but has assured that
"The process will be carried out according to the constitution and the laws."
The Dominican Republic has modified its Magna Carta 39 times, 32 of them on the issue of re-election.