Franklin Almeyda Rancier, Former Dominican Minister and Political Leader, Dies at 77

Franklin Almeyda Rancier, a prominent Dominican politician and leader of the Fuerza del Pueblo party, passed away at 77. He had a distinguished career, serving as Minister of Interior and Police and rector of the UASD.

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Franklin Almeyda Rancier, Former Dominican Minister and Political Leader, Dies at 77

Franklin Almeyda Rancier, Former Dominican Minister and Political Leader, Dies at 77

Franklin Almeyda Rancier, a prominent Dominican politician who served as Minister of Interior and Police and was a leader of the Fuerza del Pueblo party, passed away on Thursday night at his residence in the capital's Gascue district. He was 77 years old.

The cause of death was heart failure, according to Deputy Rubén Maldonado, a member of the Political Commission of the Fuerza del Pueblo party. Almeyda Rancier had a distinguished political career spanning several decades.

Almeyda Rancier served as the Secretary of Interior and Police from 2006 to 2011. He was also the rector of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) from 1987 to 1990. In addition to his government roles, Almeyda Rancier was an attorney, author, and columnist for the newspaper El Caribe.

As a founding member of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) in 1973, Almeyda Rancier was one of the 25 members of the party's first Central Executive Committee. He later became a member of the PLD's Political Committee. However, he resigned from the PLD and joined former President Leonel Fernández in establishing the Fuerza del Pueblo party.

Why this matters: Almeyda Rancier's passing marks the loss of an influential figure in Dominican politics. His legacy as a politician, academic, and author leaves a significant impact on the country's political landscape and intellectual discourse.

Almeyda Rancier was a native of the municipality of Altamira in Puerto Plata province. He was a two-time candidate for senator in the region. Beyond politics, he was known for his contributions as a university professor and writer. His novel 'Marrón Tierra & Negra Noche' examines the birth and history of the Dominican Republic.

The PLD expressed condolences and stated it is awaiting the announcement of Almeyda Rancier's funeral to pay respects. Former President Leonel Fernández also offered his condolences. The funeral will be held this weekend at the Blandino Funeral Home and the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

Key Takeaways

  • Franklin Almeyda Rancier, prominent Dominican politician, passed away at 77.
  • Served as Minister of Interior and Police, rector of UASD, and Fuerza del Pueblo leader.
  • Founding member of PLD, later joined Fuerza del Pueblo after resigning from PLD.
  • Known for political career, academic work, and novel examining Dominican history.
  • PLD and former President Fernández expressed condolences, funeral to be held this weekend.