President Abinader details constitutional reform content, but the content of the tax reform is pending.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - In Brief 16 Sep 2021 by Magdalena Lizardo

Yesterday, in the dialogue of the political parties called by President Abinader to agree on an agenda of 13 reforms, only the government's proposal on the constitutional reform was presented, leaving for the next meetings the presentation of the content of the remaining reforms, including the fiscal reform. The next meeting will be on October 6th. President Abinader explained that he seeks a political agreement for a constitutional reform that allows: i) the recomposition of the National Council of the Magistracy and its way of functioning, including the exclusion of the Attorney General from its membership; ii) the reorganization of the High Courts; iii) the granting of real independence to the Office of the Attorney General of the Executive Power and the other powers of the State, iv) the consolidation of the internal and external control bodies of public fund; and v) the improvements to the electoral system. The discussion about the independence of the Attorney General occurs at a time when the country has been surprised by the Falcon Case, which shows the high penetration of drug trafficking in Dominican politics. The Attorney General has accused an official of the current administration and several deputies of being part of a drug trafficking and money laundering network that moved more than 10,000 kilos of cocaine between the United States and other countries.

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