Dominican Republic: New Constitution Risks Higher Public Unrest
Dominican Republic - Political Risk - Nov 4 2009
BMI View: The passing of the Dominican Republic's new constitution heightens the risk of public unrest over the medium term. Immigrants with foreign parents will constitutionally not be able to claim citizenship in future, highlighting political efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration. Moreover, controversial amendments, which bar abortion and same-sex marriage threaten to further alienate large parts of society, and could keep the government's relation with the public tense for some time to come.
The Dominican Republic has seen renewed public unrest and strong criticism of the government by civil society groups, after the country's 38th new constitution has been passed, amending over 40 articles. Civil society groups have been protesting against the changes, due to take effect on November 6, on the grounds that the new constitution is not based on any public approval and highlights an effort by the authorities to retain power.
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