Local July 11, 2014 | 4:38 pm

Lawmaker’s gripe fuels concern with Dominican Republic’s ruling party

Santo Domingo.- Deputy Minou Tavárez Mirabal on Friday said the profound institutional crisis affecting the country is evidenced by her colleague’s failure to protect their constituent’s interests due to policy dictated by superiors.

She said in Tuesday’s session the deputies refused –on partisan orders- to include in the bill authorizing the State’s participation in the energy business (through the State-owned Electric Utility), a clause to protect public investment, by its sale for an amount different from what it had cost taxpayers.

Tavarez also noted that she didn’t vote for the bill to build the two coal-fired plants, and now, the proposal is for the Dominican State to make the considerable investment, to then sell them to private companies at a lower price than what it had cost.

"It’s now up to the Senate take note of this matter," said Tavárez, adding that the citizens await the ruling PLD party’s leadership to explain why the legislators were instructed to reject the initiative.

Tavarez, known for her frequent confrontations with colleagues before resigning from the PLD two months ago, joins a growing group of public figures who observe with concern the ruling party’s overwhelming control of the three branches of government.

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