Saturday, April 1, 2023

Congressmen, not assemblymen

On occasions such as the reform of the constitution or the inauguration and swearing in of the President of the Republic on August 16 of every four years, the National Congress meets in the National Assembly, with which senators and deputies become Assembly members for the duration of the session.

But every February 27, when the President must present his reports to the National Congress, the senators and deputies meet in a Joint Meeting, as established by the Constitution, so at that time their condition is not Assembly members, but Congressmen. .

For this reason, in the inauguration speech it is correct for the President to call them Assemblymen; but in the accountability speech, it is not correct to tell them like that. It is appropriate for the President to refer to them as Congressmen. Hopefully our president, Luis Abinader, will take it into account for his next rendering of accounts on February 27, 2024.


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