March 22, 1991 |
Just a few days after announcing that he was quitting politics and his political party for good, former Dominican Republic President Juan Bosch changed his mind. In a televised speech, Bosch, 82, said at the request of supporters he was taking back his resignation from the center-left Dominican Liberation Party, which he founded in 1973 after splitting off from another party he had founded.
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July 12, 1996
The July 4 editorial proclaimed, "New Era for Dominican Republic: A clean election marks the end of Balaguer's long dominance." Really? Everyone agrees this was a clean and fair election. But the party of the newly elected president, Leonel Fernandez, a lawyer raised in New York City, has only one seat in the 30-member Dominican Senate, and 12 out of 120 representatives in the Chamber of Deputies. Control of the Congress remains where it has been for four decades: in the hands of Joaquin Balaguer and his alter ego and fellow octogenarian, Juan Bosch.
August 17, 1986 |
Joaquin Balaguer, a conservative historian and poet, was sworn in as president of this Caribbean island republic for the fifth time Saturday with a pledge to fight poverty and official corruption. Balaguer, who first served as president in the early 1960s by appointment of longtime Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, accepted the presidential sash again just two weeks short of his 79th birthday, denouncing the Trujillo Era as "30 years of darkness." Trujillo was assassinated in 1961.
May 17, 1990 |
Dominican voters crowded the polls Wednesday in a peaceful election to choose one of two octogenarians to lead this economically hard-pressed country for the next four years. The presidential race appeared to be a toss-up between the incumbent conservative President Joaquin Balaguer, 83, and leftist former President Juan Bosch, 80, facing one another at the polls for the fifth time in the last quarter century.
May 19, 1990 |
Former President Jimmy Carter successfully brokered a recount in the Dominican Republic's disputed presidential election before the first vote count even ended Friday, forestalling a potentially violent confrontation between the government and a candidate who appeared to be losing.
June 13, 1990 |
President Joaquin Balaguer, 83, won last month's election by fewer than 25,000 votes over challenger Juan Bosch, the Central Electoral Board announced in Santo Domingo. The board issued its final count for the May 16 election, giving Balaguer 35.7% to 34.4% for Bosch. The outcome had been left hanging when the board suspended counting to review tally sheets.