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Odebrecht Scandal Puts Pressure on Dominican Republic Presidency

LADB Article ID: 80380
Category/Department: Dominican Republic
Date: 2017-08-17
By: Crosby Girón

The involvement of the administration of Dominican President Danilo Medina in the Odebrecht corruption scandal has continued to make headlines in the Dominican Republic, and President Medina has come under mounting pressure. One of the most damning publications was an interview with Odebrecht’s former lawyer, Rodrigo Tacla, published by the newspaper El País in July. In it, Tacla claimed that Odebrecht, the Brazilian engineering, construction, chemicals, and petrochemicals giant, threw lavish parties to which it invited top Dominican politicians. Tacla also said that Odebrecht had a very close relationship with Medina and that it sent Medina an expert on election campaigns to act as his adviser when Medina ran for office. Government corruption has been a long-standing grievance that has caused waves of protest in the Dominican Republic. Revelations that Medina’s was the administration that received the second highest amount in bribes of all countries in the international scandal (US$92 million) have fueled waves of protest.

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