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Yearbook 1999

Dominican Republic. According to Countryaah official website, 93-year-old and severely visually impaired Joaquín Balaguer was nominated as a candidate for his party Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC) ahead of the May 2000 presidential election. term of office for a total of twenty-four years (1960-62, 1966-78, 1986-96). But his latest candidacy was seen more as a sign of a lack of other candidates than of any major political ambitions on his part. While the Dominican Republic's economy was doing well (Latin America's highest growth rate in 1998), social unrest was occurring. In March, violent riots broke out in several directions in connection with a gasoline price increase.

1999 Dominican Republic

Towards the end of 1997, the presidents of the Dominican Republic and Haiti reached an agreement aimed at curbing the mass deportation of Haitians and ensuring respect for human rights. The Haitians worked under the most difficult conditions. Thus, the state sugar company had announced a plan to employ 16,000 Haitians in the sugar harvest. These cheap country workers were to be transported directly from the border between the two countries to the plantations and later directly back to Haiti. Yet, the protests of the population continued against the introduction of cheap labor. Protests against emigration led to about 2,500 illegal Haitians being sent out of the country and border controls tightened.

On April 16, 1998, the country resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba. The government appointed a representation with the rank of consul to Habana, and a delegation of ministers later inaugurated the diplomatic representation. The United States protested fiercely against the new relationships that were characterized as unlawful.

The parliamentary and municipal elections in May gave a clear victory to the opposition party PRD, which captured 83 seats in the House of Representatives and 24 in the Senate. PLD received 49 and 4 seats respectively out of the 120 and 30 seats respectively. In June, Fernández Reyna conducted a three-day visit to neighboring Haiti - the first visit by a Dominican president since 1936. The visit was mainly aimed at strengthening the border cooperation between the two countries to curb the smuggling of drugs, weapons and immigrants.

In January 1999, the capital was shaken by riots as a result of a disputed result in the election of the chairman of the Municipal League (Liga Municipal) - a body with a budget of DKK 100 million. US $ used to support the country's municipalities.

The May 2000 presidential election was won by PRD candidate Hipólito Mejía, who was given enough votes to avoid a second round of elections. 93-year-old Joaquín Balaguer also lined up and entered 3rd place. The new president was in office in August, promising to take on more jobs and fight corruption and poverty.

In October 2000, the government of extradition turned down 7 Haitian policemen accused in Haiti of participating in government destabilization. Dominican Foreign Minister Hugo Tolentino Dipp declared that the 7 would remain in the Dominican government's custody.

 

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