Government official suspended after sexual harassment claim

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President Luis Abinader suspended the director of the Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD), Leonardo Faña. Minister of Women Mayra Jiménez had recommended the suspension after a former employee at the IAD, María Isabel Flores Encarnación, accused Faña of sexual harassment.



Abinader says he responded to a letter received from Faña. Faña was named to the position in August 2020. The accusation is dated 18 January 2021. Flores Encarnación served as financial manager at the IAD.



In a letter to the President, Faña stated: “I allow myself, Mr. President, to request a leave of absence, so that I can face this political issue and demonstrate my innocence, whether it be on a legal or political level.”



The case is investigated by the National District prosecutors. Belkis Rodríguez, coordinator of the Rómulo Betancourt Av. Gender Violence Unit where Flores Encarnación presented the claim...

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