[Translations of three articles from May 21 and 22 on the aftermath of last Sunday’s legislative and municipal elections in the Dominican Republic. In addition to several minor parties, the elections pitted the ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) against the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD), both nominally social democrat and center left, although the PLD, under President Leonel Fernández, has shifted considerably to the right in the past few years, with a decidedly neoliberal economic policy. The PRD was founded in 1939, during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, by Dominicans in exile in Cuba led by Juan Bosch, a leftist and leader of the opposition. In 1963, Bosch became the first democratically elected president after Trujillo’s assassination but was deposed in a coup d’état seven months later. He split from the PRD in 1973 to found the PLD.
The elections last Sunday were marked by outbreaks of violence, with one PRD activist shot to death in a dipute with PLD members at a polling place in Cambita that left three others injured, and reports by OAS observers that voter identification cards had been bought and sold.
The PRD charges fraud on the part of the PLD while the government claims to have unearthed an unlikely plot by PRD sympathizers to incite armed violence.]
[From Listín Diario]
PLD maintains majority
By Néstor Medrano
Santo Domingo – With 100 percent of the votes tallied, the Junta Central Electoral [JCE – Central Electoral Board] last night finished releasing the results in the congressional and municpal elections, reaffirming the victory of the Partido de la Liberación Dominicana, with majorities in the senatorial, congressional and municipal races. (more…)