Zoila Martínez chosen ombudsperson

The Senate has elected Zoila Martínez as ombudsperson for a six-year term (2013-2019). A former District Attorney for Santo Domingo under the last Balaguer administration, Ms. Martínez obtained 15 votes out of 22 cast by the senators present. According to articles 190 and 191 of the Dominican Constitution, the ombudsperson is an independent authority with administrative and budgetary autonomy, whose basic duty is to safeguard the fundamental rights of individuals established under this Constitution and the law if they are violated by officials or agencies of the State and others.

[May 2013]