US News Dominican Republic: the opposition candidate wins the presidential election

09:05  06 july  2020
09:05  06 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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General elections were held in the Dominican Republic on 5 July 2020 to elect a president , vice- president , 32 senators and 190 deputies.

Presidential elections were held in the Dominican Republic on 16 May 2000. A runoff was to have taken place on 30 June between first-place finisher Hipólito Mejía of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) and runner-up Danilo Medina of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD)

Luis Abinader entouré de sa femme et de sa colistière pour la vice-présidence Raquel Pena, après l'annonce des résultats, le 5 juillet 2020. © REUTERS / Ricardo Rojas Luis Abinader surrounded by his wife and his running mate for vice-president Raquel Pena, after the results were announced on July 5, 2020

About 7.5 million Dominicans were called to vote on Sunday to elect their president as well as their vice-president and the two chambers of Parliament. The main opponents of opposition candidate Luis Abinader recognized his victory in the presidential election in the first round.

With our correspondent in Santo Domingo, Jean-Michel Caroit

Luis Abinader, the center-left candidate of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) came largely ahead of in Sunday's presidential election . According to preliminary results announced by the Central Election Commission (JCE), this 52-year-old economist has more than 53% of the vote. These main rivals recognized his victory. Gonzalo Castillo, the dolphin of outgoing president Danilo Medina and candidate of the ruling party (PLD) for 16 years now, is far behind with 36% of the vote.

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Opposition Candidate Luis Abinader of the Modern Revolutionary Party, who has recovered from testing positive for COVID-19 last month, is twenty points ahead of former Castillo is the candidate of the Dominican Liberation Party, which has ruled the Dominican Republic for the last sixteen years.

Presidential elections were held in the Dominican Republic on 16 May 2004. The result was a victory for former president Leonel Fernández, who defeated incumbent Hipólito Mejía. Voter turnout was 72.8%.

Despite the coronavirus that hit the Dominican Republic hard, voters turned out in large numbers. The vast majority complied with health rules: wearing a mask, hand disinfection and identity documents, social distancing. Only one serious incident was recorded which made a death by bullet in the district Simón Bolívar in the capital.

A sanction vote

Despite the strong growth in the Dominican Republic in recent years, voters have massively sanctioned the ruling party, whose image has been tarnished by a succession of corruption scandals. The task of the new president will not be easy, the main tourism pillar of the Dominican economy has collapsed, victim of the pandemic.

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