Security & Strategic Review - October 2022

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Asset forfeiture bill approved amid other efforts to address corruption

At the end of July, the Dominican Republic (DR)’s legislature approved a forfeiture of assets bill, part of the declared pledge by the government led by President Luis Abinader at cracking down on corruption - a promise widely considered crucial to his electoral victory. The move comes as the Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM) administration, which took office in August 2020, has received accolades for its fight against corruption; the latest edition by the 2022 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index (CCC), published jointly by Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Control Risks in June, notes, for example, that the DR saw the greatest improvement in its score in Latin America, continuing a two-year upward trajectory. 

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