Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. United States Senator Bob Menendez, the highest ranking member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, requested by a letter to the Secretary of State of that country, Mike Pompeo, to intervene to avoid amending the Constitution for a new mandate of the Dominican president Danilo Medina.
Through communication, Menéndez requests to use diplomatic tools to support democratic governance in the Dominican Republic “when President Danilo Medina tries to modify his Constitution.”
“Amid greater threats to democracy around the world, the United States must demonstrate its commitment to the defense of democratic norms, and can not ignore it when an elected leader tries to extend his control over power by modifying his country’s constitution to your benefit, “Senator Menéndez wrote.
Here is a copy of the letter sent:
I am writing to express my deep concern about the current efforts to reform the Constitution of the Dominican Republic to avoid the limits established for the presidential mandate and to allow incumbent President Danilo Medina to present himself for a second unprecedented re-election.
As you know, the Dominican Republic and several other countries in Latin America have had a challenging but constant transition to civil democracy after decades of enduring authoritarianism and widespread government intervention.
In this context, a recent Gallup poll conducted in April of this year showed that more than 68 percent of the Dominican population is opposed to a constitutional reform that would allow President Medina to run for a third term. It is imperative that President Medina respect the wishes of his people by accepting his desire to maintain a presidential limit of two commands, as guaranteed by the constitution of the country, and respect the democratic norms and institutions that the Dominican people have fought so hard to establish.
Earlier this year, the United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S.Res.35) reaffirming its commitment to democratic principles in Bolivia and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and supporting the limits of the presidential term prevail in the hemisphere as reasonable controls. Against a history of coups, corruption and abuses of power.
In defending the spirit of this resolution, I ask that you use all the diplomatic tools at your disposal to underscore the importance of democratic governance in the Dominican Republic. Amid greater threats to democracy around the world, the United States must demonstrate its commitment to the defense of democratic norms, and can not ignore it when an elected leader tries to extend his control over power by modifying the constitution of his country for its benefit.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I am looking forward to your response.