SANTO DOMINGO.- Dominican President Luis Abinador announced this Sunday his aspirations to run for a second four-year term and will participate in the internal elections of the ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).
“After deep thought, I understand that the country is above my family or personal peace of mind, and that is why I am today announcing my decision to participate in the internal elections of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM). The post of President in the 2024 elections,” Abinathar announced.
The ruler announced his decision through a video on his social networks. The president is visiting New York City, where this Sunday he will lead the city’s annual Great Dominican Parade.
Do you remember how we were three years ago? With deserted streets, closed businesses and everyone confined at home, there was uncertainty, but we maintained a firm will to face every challenge and our faith never fades,” the head of state said regarding the pandemic.
In the line, “Honesty earned citizens’ trust, and when almost no country could get vaccines, that trust gave me the confidence to work tirelessly to reopen tourism and reactivate the economic growth that allowed lost jobs to be restored.”
Abinadar’s announcement was expected by the entire country, as for months its officials and PRM leaders had announced that he would continue as head of state.
The Dominican constitution allows for continuous re-election and cannot run for office again.
The president should have no problem winning his organization’s primaries.
Dominican presidential elections 2024 will be held on the third Sunday in May, the same day as legislative elections.
Abinador won the first round of the 2020 presidential election with 53.11% of the vote, defeating Gonzalo Castillo, the candidate of the then-governing Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).
“You have to make a choice in a few months if you want to continue to be more honest in politics. I know your answer because I know you, you are part of a noble and decent people and you know that this is not the time to go back,” the President said.
The Dominican president is a leader in the country’s most frequently published opinion polls, some of which show him favored to win in the first round.