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President Luis Abinader pledges “not to fail the Dominican people…”

Santo Domingo.- President Luis Abinader expressed his gratitude to the Dominican people for granting him the opportunity to lead the country for another four years. He promised to continue the deep-seated changes that have been validated by the nation.

Abinader affirmed that he takes on this renewed trust with a strong commitment not to disappoint.

“The people have spoken clearly: Dominicans want to continue deepening the change,” he emphasized, noting that his electoral success surpassed that of 2020, reflecting greater popular support. He highlighted that the Dominican people’s vote is a clear endorsement of the efforts made thus far to recover the economy, ensure social protection, and strengthen institutions with honesty, transparency, and efficiency.

“I will not fail you. Beyond any partisan interests, my loyalty and pride lie with the Dominican people,” he stated. He asserted, “I am and will be the president of all Dominicans. Without distinction, without sectarianism, without party colors.”

Abinader stressed that the Dominican Republic stands above political differences. “I believe there is much more that unites us than what separates us, and today I reaffirm this conviction,” he said.

He acknowledged the gestures of candidates Abel Martínez and Leonel Fernández, who called to congratulate him on his victory.

“We must not waste a minute. Starting tomorrow, I call on everyone to continue building the country we deserve—an optimistic, hospitable, productive, thriving, competitive, and above all, democratic, honest, and prosperous Dominican Republic,” he urged.

He argued that the election results represent a vote of confidence and hope for the future.

“The message from the polls is clear: the changes made are irreversible. There is no turning back. The Dominican Republic has changed forever.”

He reflected that these elections mark a turning point for the nation’s institutions.

“I will ensure the promotion of a constitutional reform to prevent the continuity of power from depending on the personal whim of the sitting president. This victory will be my last, as I will honor the constitutional limits on re-election. I will not run again. This is my word, my commitment, and it will be part of my legacy,” he emphasized.

He stressed that today is not a conclusion but the beginning of a new era to deepen the changes further.

As President, he congratulated all winners, regardless of their party, and called for generosity and unity in victory, inspired by the Dominican people’s spirit of coexistence, understanding, and love.

“In democracy, no one wins or loses everything. The time ahead requires us all to unite, winners and those who did not win alike; each from their place, serving the people. No one is superfluous in this country. We are all necessary,” he said.

He also thanked the civility and participation of all Dominicans, essential for strengthening institutions and showcasing the nation’s deep democratic convictions.

He praised the Central Electoral Board and the national and international observers for their independent and impeccable work, and especially the Dominican people for their civic and democratic behavior.

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May 20, 2024 8:55 am

He bought an election. This man is going to sell the country to the highest bidder. And leave good luck Dr.

May 20, 2024 9:47 am
Reply to  James

and there was less than 50% turnout. Most Dominicans chose not to vote.

May 20, 2024 9:02 am

I wish the country all the best.

May 20, 2024 7:58 pm

The absentee rate is between 30-40%, thats including people who sold their votes for cash, you know? , to buy food and eat . its probaly realistically around 50 %