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Dominican Republic incumbent set to win second term

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 00:51

Early voting results show Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina the likely winner in the country's presidential election. Julie Noce reports.

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Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina is poised to win another term as results from Sunday's election start to trickle in. Early numbers show Medina's coalition winning a whopping 61 percent of the vote... his closest rival, Luis Abinader, had only 35 percent. After casting his ballot, Medina stressed the importance of voter turnout. People should exercise their civic right and vote for a candidate they want, he said. It's important that they just come out and vote. Medina, a left of center economist, is popular with voters in part because of a booming economy, new schools and improvements in health care. Electoral rules were even changed to allow him to run for a second consecutive term. And despite accusations of graft, Medina and his Dominican Liberation Party have been in power since 2004.

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Dominican Republic incumbent set to win second term

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 00:51