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Dominican Republic Approves Re-Election in Constitutional Reform

LADB Article ID: 79696
Category/Department: Dominican Republic
Date: 2015-07-09
By: Crosby Girón

After months of being the hottest topic in Dominican politics, in mid-June, Article 124 of the Constitution was modified. Under the new Constitution, incumbent presidents will be allowed to seek re-election, allowing President Danilo Medina to seek office again in 2016. The Asamblea Nacional Revisora was led by Cristina Lizardo and Abel Martínez. Local sources said motion number 00003 was approved with 168 votes in favor and one vote against. The vote marked the end of a session that lasted almost five hours. Four senators and 74 deputies were reported absent. Those absent belonged to the Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM), which opposed the modification of Article 124, as they explained during the second debate on the issue prior to the vote. During that vote, 39 members of the house were opposed to the reform and 181 were in favor, mainly from the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD), its ally, the Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC), and the opposition Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD).

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