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Weekly Report - 21 November 2019 (WR-19-46)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Fernández candidacy gets green light

The Dominican superior electoral tribunal (TSE) ruled on 18 November that there were no legal or constitutional impediments to former president Leonel Fernández (1996-2000; 2004-2012) standing as a presidential candidate in May 2020. This is an important victory for Fernández, but it is not yet definitive as the ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) is also challenging his candidacy before the constitutional tribunal (TC). It argues that Fernández has already participated in presidential primary elections for the PLD when he was narrowly defeated by President Danilo Medina’s chosen successor, Gonzalo Castillo, and went on to abandon the party after denouncing electoral fraud.

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