SANTO DOMINGO – The main challenger to incumbent Danilo Medina in last weekend’s Dominican presidential election said Tuesday that his opponent prevailed by vote-buying and by putting pressure on citizens who receive government aid.
Despite the result, which is not yet definitive, Luis Abinader said that last Sunday “was a historic day” for his PRM party, because “this new party they forced us to organize has become a new force for change” in a very short time.
The PRM, he said, was created to fight “against the abuse of the PLD candidate (Medina) and his shameless use of public funds, against vote-buying and against all kinds of irregularities.”
Abinader was talking about Medina when he said “there are many people who didn’t vote for you,” but as chief executive, “ you are obliged to hear and respect all Dominicans who didn’t vote for you,” while warning that neither the PRM nor its allies will accept “a hijacked democracy.”
“We will work together with our allies to draw up a set of actions in defense of the rule of law and the institution of democracy” in order to establish, among other goals, independent electoral bodies.
The latest electoral bulletin says that with 66.9 percent of the votes counted, Medina is in the lead with 61.75 percent, while Abinader trails with 35.37 percent.