Local July 16, 2013 | 7:11 am

Electoral court deals former President a major setback

Santo Domingo.- The Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) early Tuesday ruled against a restraining order sought by a group of members of Dominican Republic’s main opposition party (PRD) who claimed they were arbitrarily excluded from the organization’s top echelon, the National Executive Committee (CEN).

The TSE’s justices retired to chambers at 10:20pm Monday to deliberate and when they returned after 1:00am, handed down for the faction of PRD president Miguel Vargas.

The restraining order requested by 178 PRD senior leaders claimed Vargas had violated their rights in order to form a CEN with a majority of his supporters.

The ruling is yet another blow against the PRD faction headed by former president who Hipolito Mejía, who was joined at the courtroom by senior leaders Milagros Ortiz Bosch, Ivelisse Prats, Andrés Bautista, Geanilda Vasquez, Janet Camilo, Tirso Mejía Ricart, among others.

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