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Former executive vice president of the National Business Council (Conep) Rafael Paz had sought to be chosen the Fuerza del Pueblo (People’s Force) candidate to mayor for the National District. An alliance between the Dominican Liberation Party and the People’s Force party would instead back Domingo Contreras instead.

Then, Rafael Paz sought to get on the party list for deputy. But the People’s Force had already chosen the method of polls and Paz did not make it in this method. Nevertheless, the party sought to override the results of the survey, to which the Superior Electoral Board (TSE) ruled a big “no.” The party sought Andy Morales, the winner of the seat in the party poll, to step aside. He didn’t. Eventually, the JCE would deem valid the TSE decision and not accept the candidacy of Rafael Paz, despite the support of former President Leonel Fernandez to his candidacy.


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