President Danilo Medina is hopeful that the ruling party can “at least” maintain control in the Senate. Forget the nationals, focus on your polling stations, President Danilo Medina told the political and central committee members of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) during a gathering on Thursday, 25 June. Medina argued that the polls are giving people a wrong perception.
Temístocles Montás, president of the PLD, announced that Medina would personally go on the campaign trail. Medina had kept behind the scenes in the campaign. His last appearance was when Vice President Margarita Cedeño was named the running mate to Gonzalo Castillo in February.
Polls show Luis Abinader of the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) is likely to garner the needed 50%+1 of the vote to take the election in a first round. What is at stake now for the PLD is keeping enough seats in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies to maintain their stronghold on government. The PLD has had total control over the Senate.
Congress in the past eight years had been rubberstamping bills submitted by the Presidency up until differences with PLD president Leonel Fernández over who should be the presidential candidate for the party in the 2020 election impeded the passage of a constitutional amendment to allow Medina to run again. Fernández himself is now running for President and is backing his own candidates to ensure he keeps his own influence in Congress, separately from his old PLD party.
Social media is circulating sections of the meeting where President Danilo Medina motivates the party leaders to defend the party vote. “At least the control of the Senate, we need to repeat,” said the President, admitting that the party is lagging behind as evidenced by the leading polls.
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26 June 2020