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Sources: Vargas Vidot and Dalmau to preside Senate Commissions

By on January 7, 2017

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) Sen. Juan Dalmau and the first independent legislator in Puerto Rico’s history, José Vargas Vidot, will preside commissions in the High Chamber, informed several sources to Caribbean Business.

The sources revealed separately to this medium that Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz will name Dalmau and Vargas Vidot to new commissions, according to their areas of expertise. The senatorial leader will make the official announcement today Saturday at the Capitol.

Independent Sen. José Vargas Vidot (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

Independent Sen. José Vargas Vidot (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

After the result of the general elections last November, Rivera Schatz told various news radio stations (WKAQ 580 and WPAB 550 AM) his intention of designating Dalmau and Vargas Vidot to take the reins of a commission, but he indicated he hadn’t talked to them at the time.

Caribbean Business learned that due to the wide domain Dalmau has in the electoral process, he will be assigned the presidency of a commission that will address issues related to Electoral Law. In 2003, the pro-independence senator was selected to the electoral commissariat, becoming the youngest to occupy said post.

Until 2007, Dalmau was Rivera Schatz’s colleague, the latter of which performed as the New Progressive Party (NPP) electoral commissioner, until he decided to run for senator in August of the same year.

Although the legislator had publicly dismissed the possibility of presiding any commission, since that would imply boosting the NPP’s public policy, one of this paper’s sources informed that Dalmau would accept the designation, because he wouldn’t have to renounce his pro-independence ideals to assume the presidency of the new commission.

On another hand, Vargas Vidot’s designation will ascribe to his respected trajectory in the field of health and the islanders’ social well-being, topics he would address from a presidential seat. Contrary to Dalmau, the renowned health advocate didn’t dismiss presiding a senatorial commission. In fact, Vargas Vidot was open to consider an offer from Rivera Schatz, with whom he talked about that possibility last November.

“I expect to be a conflict mediator. The Legislature hasn’t been able to convert conflicts into transformation, and in the community enterprise conflicts are assumed as a step of transformation, but not in the Legislature; because the blockage surrounding irrational fidelities make people stop thinking. We have to develop a vaccine against warlordism politics,” he told Caribbean Business in November.

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