Dominican Republic Innaugurates New Constitution; Children of Haitian Immigrants Will Not Be Considered Dominican Nationals
February 1, 2010 By Roque Planas
The Dominican Republic’s new constitution went into effect last week, reports Dominican daily Listín Diario.
Article 18 of the document defines Dominican nationals as “the children of Dominican parents,” a definition that promises to raise tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the future. A wave of Haitian immigration toward the Dominican Republic is expected as Haitians flee the devastation of the recent earthquake, according to the Miami Herald.
One of the most controversial points of the new constitution included a blanket ban on abortion, according to the Spanish wire agency EFE.
The constitution prohibits consecutive reelection, but does not provide term limits.