Dominican Republic. During the year, Congress began
discussions on changing the Constitution, based on proposals
from President Leonel Fernández. Among other things, it is
proposed that the president, who according to the current
constitution can be re-elected for a second term, can also
stand for a third time. According to
countryaah, other proposals are to increase the
number of seats in Congress and to reduce the authority of
the Supreme Court. The proposals must be approved by
two-thirds of Congress before they can go to the referendum.
This is not the first time the country's constitution has
been rewritten or changed. On average, it has happened once
every four years since independence in 1844.