No promises from Dominican leader on citizenship

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 4:36 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic's president is expressing sympathy for people facing the loss of citizenship because of a recent court ruling.

President Danilo Medina says he will seek to help those affected by the ruling but has given no specific plans in his first public comments on the decision.

The president spoke Tuesday, a day after he met with advocates for people who are being rendered stateless by the Sept. 23 ruling. Medina says he was saddened to hear about the human toll of the ruling, such as accounts of students who will not be able to attend school.

The Constitutional Court ordered the Electoral Board to annul the citizenship of anyone born in the country to non-citizens after 1929. It affects up to 200,000 people, mostly people of Haitian descent.

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