Dominican Republic. The Social Democratic Party Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD) won a superior victory in the local and congressional elections held in May. 62% of the votes cast a clear majority in both chambers of Congress. The party’s legendary leader, Jose Francisco Peña Gómez, who was also the vice-president of the Socialist International, was not allowed to experience the success because he died of cancer just before the election. The PRD also had great successes in the local elections.
According to Countryaah, the capital of Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo. Current President Leonel Fernández Reyna’s party The Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) received just under 30% of the vote. The major loser of the election was former President Joaquín Balaguer’s social-Christian party Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC).
President Leonel Fernández Reyna visited neighboring Haiti, the first official visit between the countries in 70 years. The visit resulted in agreements on the fight against drugs, tourism and trade cooperation, as well as direct postal connections between the countries.
When Hurricane Georges advanced across the Caribbean in September, Dominican Republic was hit hardest. The hurricane led to floods and landslides and at least 200 people died. More than half of the country’s bridges were destroyed and 1,000 people lost their homes.