The former Dominican Minister Temístocles Montás, who was accused in 2017 of receiving bribes from the Brazilian construction company Odebrechr but which was excluded from the file in June, today launched his presidential candidacy for the 2020 elections by the PLD ruler.
In an act at the Palace of Sports of Santo Domingo, Montás, who has held the positions of Minister of Economy and Industry and Commerce, among others, called the unity of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), which already counts with several precandidates, including former President Leonel Fernández (1996-2000, 2004-2008 and 2008-2012).
He also said that, if his project is completed, the government work of the country's president, Danilo Medina, will continue.
Montás announced to his followers "the decision to propose and procure from my party, the confidence and privilege of the nomination as their candidate for the Presidency of the Republic in May 2020."
He acknowledged that in the LDP, which has governed uninterruptedly since 2004, "problems and risks emerge that will have to be overcome with maturity in order to preserve" the organization and unity.
Montás was imputed in 2017 along with 13 other politicians and businessmen for the case of the 92 million dollars in bribes that Odebrecht claimed to have paid in the country in exchange for public works contracts between 2001 and 2014, and even ended up in prison. for this crime.
However, in June of this year the Attorney General, Jean Alain Rodríguez, announced the exclusion of eight of the accused, including Montás, members of the influential political committee of the PLD, not having found sufficient evidence.