President Luis Abinader, after receiving this Monday the president-elect of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo, affirmed that the DR supports democracy in Guatemala in this moment of difficulty, in which there have been attempts to undermine the legitimate results of its elections.
“From the DR we have expressed our energetic rejection of this illegitimate pretension that attempts to reverse the majority decision of the Guatemalan people. No power of the State has the right to impose itself over the absolute legitimacy represented by the freely expressed will of the people”.
The head of state said he was convinced that only democracy leads to the development of the peoples, for which he reminded that nations must always be vigilant.
“The struggle of the Guatemalan people for democracy is an example for the entire region, demonstrating that the popular will freely expressed at the ballot box must be the fundamental pillar on which our societies are built.”
For his part, Arevalo expressed his appreciation for the support received from the DR, in a joint search to build fair and supportive societies, with democratic institutions that are effectively at the service of the great majorities.
Strengthening bilateral relations
Both President Abinader and Bernardo Arévalo expressed that this visit symbolizes the beginning of a closer and more fruitful bilateral relationship, based on trust, permanent communication and the joint search for solutions to our main challenges and in favor of freedom, justice and peace.
The Dominican President went on to say that they will give new impetus to the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which seeks to protect democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the region.
Likewise, a united voice can make a difference in global forums where important issues such as international trade, climate change or the Sustainable Development Goals are decided.
Strengthening democracy in the DR
At the national level, the head of state noted that in his administration he has assumed the firm task of continuing to strengthen democratic institutions, guaranteeing justice, equity, transparency, legal security and human rights, prioritizing the real needs to improve their living conditions.
He also highlighted the recent advances in the autonomy of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Judiciary to fight against impunity and corruption.