Santo Domingo, DR: The lawyer, writer, and former judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic, Víctor Gómez Bergés, died this Friday of an unknown cause in Santo Domingo.
Mr. Gómez Bergés is survived by his wife Carmensina Casanova de Gómez Bergés; his children Víctor Osvaldo, Clara, Maeno, Ramón Emilio, Tania, David, Quilivio and Carolina; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives.
At 32, Víctor Gómez Bergés was Minister of Foreign Relations in 1972, becoming the youngest in the world to hold a diplomatic position.
In addition, in 1976, he was appointed Secretary of State without a portfolio. In 1977 he assumed the position of Secretary of State for Finance (now the Ministry of Finance), and in 1978 that of Secretary of State for Industry and Commerce.
The prominent writer, and father of the former representative of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), Víctor Gómez Casanova, was Minister of Education and Foreign Relations. In addition, he was the only Dominican who applied in Mexico and Costa Rica for the position of Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).
According to a statement sent by his relatives about him, they will not perform funeral services for him.
Other public charges:
At the end of 1978, he took office as Senator of Puerto Plata and was a spokesman for the Majority Bloc of the Senate until 1982. In 1983 he fell out with Balaguer, and President Salvador Jorge Blanco named him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Dominican Republic in the Vatican before the Holy See and Pope John Paul II, and simultaneously in Greece and Cyprus.
He returned to the country in 1985 and was expelled from the Social Christian Reform Party for maintaining his confrontation with Balaguer. Then around 1988, they reconciled; President Balaguer appointed him as a member of the Dominican Electricity Corporation (CDE) Board of Directors and later as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Argentina and concurrent in Paraguay.