Santo Domingo.- President Leonel Fernandez yesterday fired the heads of the Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD), Héctor Rodriguez Pimentel, and of the Crafts Promotion and Development Agency (Fodearte), Octavia Medina, both the target of media reports on alleged corruption
Rodriguez Pimentel, called “pathologically corrupt” by Anti-corruption Department director Hotoniel Bonilla, was replaced by Juan Rodriguez.
The chief executive also issued various decrees to designate 15 new provincial governors: Fausto Forchue in Samaná, Ricardo Pichardo in María Trinidad Sánchez, Raúl Martínez in Santiago, Guillermo Torres in La Vega, Rafael María Mendoza in Barahona and Rosario Rodríguez Nova in Elías Piña.
Also Alfonso Montás in San Cristóbal, José Antonio Castillo in San José de Ocoa, Manuel Santana en Monte Plata, Rafael Barón Dulúc in La Altagracia; Lucas Evangelista Familia in Hato Mayor, José Eduardo Núñez in Valverde, César Saint Hilaire in Santiago Rodríguez, Esther Ramírez in Dajabón and José Ignacio Martínez in Montecristi.
Other decrees designate several vice-consuls, advisors in embassies, assistant directors, and lands were declared eminent domain for the Santiago City Council.