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Monday, December 20, 2010

Dominican President takes his government’s latest scandal in stride

President Leonel Fernandez has yet to state his Administration’s position on the diplomatic cables of the United States Embassy provided by Wikileaks, disclosed Friday by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The scandal is the latest in a corruption-fraught government, as the cables name three ruling PLD party senior leaders who allegedly sought bribes even “audaciously,” to unblock major investments.

Ex Tourism minister Felix (Felucho) Jimenez, ex CEO of the State-owned Power Companies (CDEEE) Radhames Segura and Economy minister Temistocles Montas are named as seeking bribes or blocking investments in the U.S. Embassy cables sent to Washington. Ex Airports Department director Andres Varderhorst is also named as allegedly seeking bribes.

But Fernandez yesterday continued his usual stance of either ignoring or downplaying major scandals, reiterating that the economy will continue its rate of growth in 2011, despite global financial crisis.

The Head of State handed out Christmas baskets to poor families in districts of San Francisco, Valverde, Santiago and La Vega, accompanied with reelection chants and slogans on signs and garments.

Source: Dominican Today

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