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Weekly Report - 07 March 2019 (WR-19-09)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Medina speech stokes re-election speculation

President Danilo Medina delivered his annual state-of-the-nation address to the legislative assembly on 27 February, Dominican independence day. The content of Medina’s speech focused on his government’s record since he took office in 2012, rather than reviewing the previous year as intended, and contained a series of populist gestures, including a huge increase in the minimum wage and state pension. This prompted the main opposition Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM) to accuse Medina of paving the way for a constitutional reform to allow him to stand for a third straight term in office.

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