Every new government is given a waiting period called the first hundred days, it is not a new practice, it dates back to 1815 and the return of Napoleon Bonaparte to France and to power. By then, France was bankrupt and exhausted of resources, faced with this situation and in less than a hundred days, the delirium of the population was giving way, there was little that the ruler could do to reverse the situation.
In modern times this practice takes shape in the figure of Franklin D. Roosevelt when he assumed the presidency of the United States in 1933, date in which the country was mired in a great economic crisis, these “first hundred days” allowed him for President Roosevelt to adopt measures that helped demonstrate his effectiveness to the people, and from then on it has been a political experience that has been copied by all presidents.
The Dominican Republic is no exception and is putting this political revolution into practice, and more than seventy days have passed since the new government took office on August 16, much has happened.
The government of change assumed under conditions never seen before in the country, unless my memory registers, a great health crisis as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemicIn general, a closed economy, a country in intensive care that for its recovery requires drastic measures, unpopular measures, it also requires everyone’s sacrifice, no government comes with a magic wand.
With less than a hundred days in office, cooperation agreements have been signed, taking several loans, and it was to be expected these measures to face the current crisis that not only affects the local level, the president had announced it as part of the actions to face the crisis resulting from the pandemic, to be able to maintain social aid and give continuity to the Phase and Stay at Home programs, among other situations generated by the context that hits the country and the world.
A saying goes that four years fly by, one hundred days, in a blink of an eye, time is short and it is appropriate to remind the government of Luis Abinader and the PRM that the people, as a result of the weariness of PLD, chose to bring them to power, Citizens are attentive and closely monitor every action or statement issued by the government.
Let them look back and do an analysis of how they want their time in the State to be. The commitment is great, you only have to execute your government plan and fulfill the campaign promises, the people are also “attentive”.
Here I have presented two crisis management scenarios with different outcomes, in such a way that, depending on the response and effectiveness, Luis Abinader could be the Franklin D. Roosevelt for Dominicans, showing that it is not only about the will, but also about actions. , effective execution and results or fail in your efforts and be the Napoleon of France, who ended up “defeated” at the Battle of Waterloo.
The government of “change” of the Dominican Republic.
The new tenants of the presidential house not only came with the slogan of change, they also became the hope of a people that cries out for justice, equity and prosperity for all; In these first days, many of their actions have been making a difference in various areas, if compared to past governments.
Simple actions such as the arrival of President Abinader in an electric car at the inauguration, setting a guideline in the use of this type of transport or perhaps leaving a message of commitment and a vision of respect for the environment on the part of his government . Already, it has announced that by 2021 the Dominican Republic will host of the Climate Week for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The designations via twitter, which for several days put everyone on the lookout for the “decretuits” and the next nominee in the makeup of the cabinet of the government of change, somewhat similar to what happened with the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele .
Other actions that, although they seem simple, places it more distant from its predecessors:
- The fluid communicationon, (He has spoken more in days than Danilo Medina in 8 years), this may be due to the fact that the spokesman for the non-government house is not clear about his role.
- The jovial, fresh and relaxed style that he has shown in his visits to the different provinces, short-sleeved shirts, shoes without socks, absence of ties, are details that add to the change from the executive. That style gives more ease, closeness and leaves behind the rigidity exhibited by previous presidents.
- Being accompanied by his wife at all times gives the palace tenants a genuine family air. In past administrations, that did not happen.
- The frequent lunches at the presidential house where journalists, influencers, and artists, among other sectors of national life, are invited.
- Social networks (twitter especially) have become the means par excellence of the government of change to announce and / or communicate the different decisions of the Executive Power.
- The creation of an “independent justice”, sending a clear message of the commitment assumed in the campaign to confront past or future corruption.
These aspects to which I have made reference for sure will not be the only ones, says a friend that each person has an idea of how they want to be seen or remembered. In that sense, Abinader expressed that he wanted to be remembered as the transforming president, so far his pronouncements indicate that he is heading towards that goal.
As not everything is positive and a but always appears, these first days have had their mistakes in several areas that seek to cloud management, examples, modification of the INAPA Law to adapt it to the profile of an official, accusations of corruption against a member of the cabinet, the proposal to tax wages 13, the pronouncements of some officials a little out of context and the thinking that the president has shown, as well as some decisions that after being announced have had to be left without effect.
In a short time the government has had its first attempt at a public demonstration or reaction to the proposal to create new tax burdens. In addition to the recent scandal that splashes one of its officials raising voices calling for his dismissal, it leaves a clear message that the public is awake and will not give a truce, with social networks as the main means of support, the government must consider that these same social networks contributed to its triumph.
In these less than one hundred days of government we have seen a president with a great will to do things well, Abinader has become the #PresidenteQueEscucha. SHowever, inaccuracies in decision-making leave doubts. Could it be said that with this new government we are really changing? Be the witness.
Eridania Bidó Fernández is co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Center for Public Policy, Development and RD Leadership (CPDL-RD). She has a Master’s Degree in Senior Public Management, is a Specialist in Public Function and Quality Management, Writer for Communicated Policy, and has more than 10 years of professional career at the public level. Bidó is also an International Election Observer for Latin America. Twitter @EridaniaBidoF