Dominican President Danilo Medina on Thursday ruled out running for a second four-year term in 2016 at a time when some officials of his government and leaders of his party are promoting his reelection.
"I have no interest in getting reelected," said Medina during the inauguration of construction work on the Monte Grande dam in the southwestern province of Barahona.
The head of state said that what he wants is "to raise the living conditions of our people."
"What I'm seeking in the Dominican Republic is for us to have men and women who have purchasing power," he said.
"The only thing I'm looking for as compensation is when I return to my home and become an ordinary citizen, when I walk along the street, for people to say to me, 'Thanks Danilo, because during your administration I raised my living conditions,'" said the president.
Government officials and leaders of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party are promoting the president's reelection in different forums and around the country can be seen signs pushing the proposition.
Medina became president on Aug. 16, 2012.
The Dominican constitution bars the president from serving consecutive terms. EFE