President of the Dominican Republic

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President of the Dominican Republic
Presidente de la República Dominicana
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Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic
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Danilo Medina

since 16 August 2012
StyleYour Excellency, Mr. President
(Excelentísimo, Señor presidente) His Excellency
ResidenceNational Palace, Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo
AppointerUniversal suffrage election
Term lengthFour years, with one re-election allowed
Inaugural holderPedro Santana
Formation14 November 1844
DeputyVice President of the Dominican Republic
Salary9,475 USD per month[1]

The President of the Dominican Republic (Spanish: Presidente de la República Dominicana) is both the head of state and head of government of the Dominican Republic. The presidential system was established in 1844, following the proclamation of the republic during the Dominican War of Independence. The President of the Dominican Republic is styled Your Excellency, Mr. President during his time in office. His official residence is the National Palace.

The article CXXVIII of the constitution instructs the president of the "faithful execution of the Dominican Law" and confers on him the rank of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, the National Police and all the State security forces. It has the power to appoint ministers, grant pardons, moratoria and the duty of ensuring national security and the collection and faithful investment of national income. The constitution also places it as the head of the state's foreign policy and grants it the power to appoint diplomatic representatives on the recommendation and approval of the Senate of the Dominican Republic.

The president is elected by universal suffrage for a term of four years. Since the Constitution of the Dominican Republic of 1966, in its modification of 2015, no person can be elected to the position of president more than twice. In case of death, dismissal, or resignation of a president, the vice president assumes the presidency. In the absence of both, the Executive Branch may organize an interim government or pass control of the government to the Legislative Branch.

There have been 53 people who’ve taken office. The first president was Pedro Santana who was invested on 14 November 1844 by decision of the Central Government Junta. The current President of the Dominican Republic is Danilo Medina of the Dominican Liberation Party (Partido de la Liberación Dominicana or PLD), who took office on 16 August 2012.

Beginning in the first decade of the 21st century, the Dominican presidency has taken on a more participatory role at the global level, strengthening diplomatic ties throughout the world and serving as a mediator in conflicts as close as the 2009 Honduran coup d'état and so far away as the Arab–Israeli conflict.[2]


The origin of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic goes back to the War of Independence when the Central Government Junta (JCG) constituted the first form of government that the country had in independent and republican living conditions.

The main activities, at such a convulsive moment, were to lead the war against the invasion of the Haitians, since it depended on the survival of the newly born State and the application of emergency measures of a provisional nature in order to put the governmental machinery, the collection of taxes, inform foreign powers of the existence of the new State and extend its dominion over the newly liberated territory. At the beginning J.C.G. He had to keep Haitian laws in force for a while, since otherwise the courts, the collection of taxes, municipalities, customs and other indispensable organisms for the normal course of the institutional life of every society would not have worked. The J.C.G. He ruled the country for an 8-month period.

On July 1844, General Pedro Santana, after a streak of successive victories in the southern part of the country, appeared with his army in Santo Domingo and was proclaimed President of the Junta Central Government.[3] The following month, Santana sent the Nation’s Founding Fathers into exile. On 14 November of that same year he took office as the first Constitutional President of the Dominican Republic.

Constitutional role[edit]

Presidential Seal
Presidential Seal (On Sea)

The Constitution of the Dominican Republic, which was most recently amended in 2015, establishes the requirements, rights and obligations of the President of the Republic.

The office can be held for up to two consecutive four-year terms.[4] People who have completed their presidencies cannot run for president again.[4] The change of command takes place every four years, on 16 August, which is the day of the Restoration of the Republic, a national holiday.

Prior to 2015, the President was limited to one consecutive term, but could run for the office again after at least one subsequent term.

Schools and Powers of the President of the Dominican Republic[edit]

The schools and powers of the President of the Dominican Republic are contained in the title fourth, chapter I, section II of Constitution of the Dominican Republic giving the following rights and obligations: 'in its status as head of state corresponding:'

  • Chair acts solemn of the nation.
  • Enact and make post laws and resolutions National Congress and take care of his faithful execution. issue decrees, regulations and instructions when necessary.
  • Name or dismiss members jurisdictions military and police.
  • Celebrate and sign treated or international conventions and submission to the approval of the National Congress, without which will not validity or require the Republic.
  • Have, under the Act as concerns to the armed forces and on the National police send them by itself, or through the Ministry for maintaining always your Supreme command. fix the contingent of the same and have them the end of the public service.
  • Take the necessary steps to provide and ensure self-defense of the nation, if armed attack current or imminent on the part of foreign nation or powers external must inform the National Congress on arrangements and request declaration of state of defense if it may from.
  • Declare, if not finds it met the National Congress, the States of exception in accordance with the provisions articles 262 to 266 of the Constitution.
  • Adopt interim measures police and safety necessary if violation of the provisions of article 62, section 6 of the Constitution, that disrupt or threaten law and order, state security, operation regular public services or public purpose, or prevent the development of economic activities and not constitute the facts under article 262 to 266 of the Constitution.
  • Have, in accordance with the law, everything on areas overhead, maritime River, land, military and police safety National, with the previous studies conducted by the ministries and dependencies administrative.
  • Grant pardons day 27 February, 16 Aug and 23 December every year, in accordance with the law and international conventions.
  • Make arrest or expel, under the law, the foreign whose activities fueren or pudieren be harmful public policy or National security.
  • Prohibit when convenience to the public interest, the entrance of foreign the country. 'in its status as head of government has the power to:'
  • Name ministers and deputy ministers and other public officials that Occupy charges free appointment or whose designation not be attributed to any other body of the state recognized for this Constitution or by the laws and aceptarles their disclaimers and removerlos.
  • Designate and holders organs and autonomous bodies and decentralized of the state and aceptarles their disclaimers and removerlos, in accordance with the law, C.) change the place of residence official when it deems necessary.
  • Celebrate contracts, subjecting the adoption of the National Congress when contain provisions involvement's rental National, to the sale of assets of the state, the lifting borrowing or when estipulen tax exemptions in general, according to the Constitution. the amount up for such contracts and exemptions can be signed by the President of the Republic without approval congresual, it will be of two hundred minimum wages public sector. * Ensure good collection and faithful investment's rental National.
  • Deposit to the National Congress, to start the first Legislature ordinary on 27 February every year, memories ministries and accountable of administration of the previous year.
  • Subject to the National Congress, no later than the first October every year, the bill of budget general of the state for the following year.
  • As head of state and government corresponding.
  • Designate, with the approval from the Senate of the Republic, ambassadors accredited on the outside and the heads of permanent missions to international organizations, and to name the other members of the diplomatic Corps, in accordance with the law of foreign service, aceptarles their disclaimers and removerlos.
  • Direct negotiations diplomatic and receive the heads of state foreign and their representatives.
  • Grant or not authorized to Dominican citizens so they can exercise charges or public functions of a government or international organizations in territory Dominican, and so they can accept and use decorations and titles granted by foreign governments.
  • authorize or not to municipalities to sell real approve or not contracts make when constitute warranty properties or income municipal.
  • Other powers under the Constitution and laws.


According to the Constitution of the Dominican Republic of 1966, in its modification of the year 2015 by the Congress, the President:

  • Must be Dominican by birth or origin.
  • Have the age of 30 years old or more.
  • Be in full exercise of their civil and political rights.
  • Not be active in military and police service for at least three years before the election.


Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Danilo Medina Sánchez Dominican Liberation Party 2,847,438 61.74
Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona Modern Revolutionary Party 1,613,222 34.98
Guillermo Antonio Moreno García Country Alliance 84,399 1.83
Elías Wessin Chávez Quisqueyano Christian Democratic Party 20,423 0.44
Pelegrín Horacio Castillo Semán National Progressive Force 16,283 0.35
Minerva Josefina Tavárez Mirabal Alliance for Democracy 16,256 0.35
Hatuey de Camps Jiménez Revolutionary Social Democratic Party 8,264 0.18
Flor Soraya Aquino Campos de Checo National Unity Party 5,678 0.12
Invalid/blank votes 96,783
Total 4,708,746 100
Registered voters/turnout 6,765,245 69.60
Source: JCE

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martinez, Joel J. (22 June 2017). "Shocking Gap Between Latin America's Presidential Salaries And Workers Minimum Wage". Latin Post. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  2. ^ Valdez, Annia (2 July 2011). "Viajes históricos de Leonel". Listin Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ Los Dirigentes de la primera República
  4. ^ a b "Dominican Republic's Constitution of 2015" (PDF).
2. Archivo General de la Nación – Gobiernos y Presidentes de la República Dominicana