Dominican Presidential Candidate Warns of Voter Revenge Against Ruling Party

Upcoming Dominican elections could see a shift in power as opposition candidate warns of public backlash against the ruling party's policies on economy, security, and treatment of Haitian immigrants.

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Dominican Presidential Candidate Warns of Voter Revenge Against Ruling Party

Dominican Presidential Candidate Warns of Voter Revenge Against Ruling Party

Abel Martínez, the presidential candidate of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), has warned that the people will take revenge at the polls against the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) government in the upcoming political elections.

Speaking in April 2024, Martínez accused the PRM government of deceiving the people, leading to high living costs, unemployment, and insecurity in the Dominican Republic.

Martínez suggested that the public is dissatisfied with the current government's performance and policies. He warned that the people will retaliate by voting against the PRM in the elections, citing the high costs of living, unemployment, and insecurity as the main reasons for the public's discontent.

Why this matters: The upcoming presidential elections in the Dominican Republic are being closely watched, as they could lead to a significant shift in power and policy direction for the country. The outcome will have implications for the economy, security, and international relations of the Dominican Republic.

The article also discusses the racist policies of the Dominican government against Haitian immigrants, including widespread violence, women, girls and arbitrary detentions for deportation.

The government has been accused of covering up these human rights abuses and failing to hold the responsible agents accountable. Organizations like Amnesty International have criticized the government's response, suggesting that it has escalated the racist violence, possibly for electoral propaganda purposes.

Despite the challenges faced by the PRM government, a recent survey conducted by the Dominican Institute of Applied Studies, Marketing, and Survey (IDEAME) showed that President Luis Abinader is favored to win the national elections on May 19 with 68.2% of the vote.

The survey placed Leonel Fernández in second with 21.3%, followed by Abel Martínez with 7.3%. President Abinader's government management has a 73.8% approval rating, and the PRM party is leading in the upcoming elections with 53.4% of the preferences, followed by FP at 18.6% and PLD at 15.4%.

The upcoming elections in the Dominican Republic will be a test for the PRM government, as it faces criticism from opposition candidates like Abel Martínez and human rights organizations over its policies and handling of issues such as the economy, security, and treatment of Haitian immigrants. The outcome of the elections will determine the future direction of the country and its relations with the international community.

Key Takeaways

  • PLD candidate warns of public "revenge" against PRM gov't in upcoming elections.
  • PRM gov't accused of deceiving public, leading to high costs, unemployment, insecurity.
  • Upcoming elections seen as crucial, with potential shift in power and policy direction.
  • Concerns over Dominican gov't's racist policies against Haitian immigrants, human rights abuses.
  • Recent survey shows PRM party leading, but opposition criticizes gov't performance.