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Re-election pending for the president of the Dominican Republic

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Luis Abinader (left) had a good chance of being re-elected in Sunday’s presidential election in the Dominican Republic. Photo: Matias Delacroix / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 20.05.2024 04:39:26

Policy: When 38 percent of the votes had been counted, Abinader had received a support of 59.24 percent, while the main challenger Leonel Fernandez was on 26.97 percent. Shortly afterwards, both stated that Fernandez had called the president and acknowledged that Abinader was the winner of the election.

– Today our country shines in its own light, said Abinader when he addressed his supporters after collecting the election victory. He said at the same time that he wants to work with everyone and for everyone.

The preliminary result agreed well with the measurements leading up to an election that has been largely characterized by the crisis in the violence-ravaged neighboring country of Haiti.

The contrast is great between the two countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Gang violence and chaos have characterized Haiti for many months, and the unstable situation along the border became an important issue in the Dominican election campaign.

It is still not a topic that has divided the politicians at the top. Both Abinader and Fernandez – who has been president twice before and served a total of three terms – take a tough line on the matter.

Abinader also boasts of having succeeded in handling the country’s economy and the corona pandemic. The businessman was elected during the pandemic in 2020, on promises to restore trust in the authorities after several corruption scandals. When he came to power, he began building a 164 kilometer long border wall with Haiti, and last year he deported over a quarter of a million migrants.

(© NTB)

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