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Dominican lawmakers tentatively approve re-election bill

Dominican legislators tentatively allow presidents to hold office for 2 consecutive terms

Dominican lawmakers tentatively approve re-election bill

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Legislators in the Dominican Republic have tentatively approved a bill that would allow presidents to seek re-election for a consecutive second term.

A special assembly voted Saturday on the proposal, which requires two-thirds approval. Legislators are scheduled to meet again on Friday for a final vote. The majority of the more than 190 legislators that make up the assembly favor the change.

The proposal could allow President Danilo Medina to run for re-election next year and it has split the ruling party. Party officials pushed for the measure after opinion polls suggested Medina had a better chance of winning the 2016 presidential election than his predecessor, Leonel Fernandez.

Opponents say it's an unfair move that does not take public opinion into account.

Updated : 2021-09-21 20:24 GMT+08:00