Is Dominican Republic headed for One Party state? Leonel Fernandez claims: PLD will rule to 2044!
The president of the ruling PLD party, former President Leonel Fernandez swore in the new Central Committee of the PLD, including the new 168 members who were chosen by voting party members last week.
Speaking at the ceremony, Fernandez stressed that as of now in the PLD there are no longer “danilistas” or “leonelistas“, only PLD party members who will work for the benefit of the party. He said that the adversary is not within, but outside the party. The Central Committee now has 224 members.
Thirty new Political Committee members were also elected at the event, which took place at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel in Santo Domingo. The members will now attend the party’s 8th Ordinary Norge Botello Congress, where major structural changes are expected.
Speaking at the event, Fernandez said: “At this 8th Ordinary Norge Botello Congress we aspire to start a third cycle of the PLD’s political life as of 2016, which with all the years added together would be 20 years more to 2036, but as fellow party member Joaquin Jeronimo has said, we should think ahead… we should think of the symbolic and emblematic year of 2044 when the bicentennial of the Republic is to be celebrated,” said Fernandez. He said he expected the PLD would still be in government in that year.