Santo Domingo.- The new overseas deputies elected on May 20th held a meeting Wednesday with Lower Chamber president Abel Martínez. The seven legislators, who will be sworn in on August 16th will have the same work schedule as any other member of the chamber, for the same remuneration.
Although they will remain as residents in the countries in which they were elected, they must attend the Chamber of Deputies on a regular basis to comply with the committee agenda and participate in at least three legislative sessions a week.
Martínez told them that the Constitution of the Republic does not make any distinction between deputies, and internal regulations do not allow any preferential remuneration for anyone. A deputy receives a monthly salary of RD$330,974. Overseas deputies will have one special assignation to cover a once-monthly overseas trip. Any change would have to be made by resolution.
The seven new offices are being prepared in the Palace of Congress to accommodate the deputies representing the Dominican émigré community in the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The new legislators will attend a four-day course on the Legislative Branch rules and procedures before starting work.
The new deputies representing the Dominican community in US and Canada are José Morel Santana and Rubén Darío Luna (PRD) and Alfredo Rodríguez Azcona (PLD). Representing the DR community in Latin America, the Caribbean and Miami: Levys Suriel (PLD) and Arelis de Jesús Olivares (PRD). Dominicans in Europe are represented by Marcos Cross Sánchez (PLD) and Aurelio Mercedes Moscat (PRD).