The former President of the Dominican Republic , Dr. Leonel Fernndez, and honorary President of GFDD and FUNGLODE stated last Thursday, that the only viable model of true democracy is through citizen participation.
President Fernndez made these statements during the Forty-Seventh Annual Conference of Executives (CADE): "Towards a new democracy with the participation of all".
When talking about the DR's new Constitution, Fernndez
said the Dominican Republic, wanted to move from our nineteenth-century liberal Constitution to a modern Constitution of a democratic and social state subject to the rule of law.
explained that creating the new Dominican Magna Carta "was not just the meeting of a group that outlined the guidelines and decided.'' He
affirmed that, all these social groups were consulted to put forward their respective aspirations and vision regarding the organization of a modern state in the Dominican Republic.
Furthermore, Dr. Leonel Fernndez
stressed the importance of the referendum and the plebiscite, two new statutes contained in the new Substantive Law.
In this regard, the former head of state affirmed that, "in case of any controversy, when important decisions need to be taken regarding issues that are not only within the Executive framework, a plebiscite or a referendum is called in order to have the people's voice regarding an issue of great importance or a vital problem for the interest of the nation."
As part of his
said that, the phenomenon now occurring in the Dominican Republic is happening around the globe; "No one can rule in isolation from society," he