ExDominican president defends record amid unrest

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – The Dominican Republic’s previous president is defending his record amid intense public anger over plans to raise taxes to help close a budget deficit incurred under his government.Former President Leonel Fernandez insisted in a nationally televised speech Tuesday night that there was nothing fraudulent about the Caribbean country’s $4.6 billion deficit.Fernandez left office in August and says the deficit largely stems from shortfalls in government revenue as well as public works projects that were approved by lawmakers. He also defends his successor’s plan to close the gap with increases in the sales, property and fuel taxes. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Top Stories Comments   Share   The speech Tuesday night was a rare national address by a former president.Fernandez spoke just days after thousands of people marched in protest in the Dominican Republic’s two largest cities.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more