Dominican Republic: The Promise of Peace

After much tension but surprisingly little violence, the Dominican Republic last week seemed to be heading for stability. Seven months after the assassination of Trujillo. which ended 31 years of dictatorship, a peaceful transition to democracy was agreed to by all factions. If all now goes well, there will emerge a Swiss-style Council of State, and free elections will be held next year. Agreement on all this was reached by the opposition and by President Joaquin Balaguer and the army's strongman. General Pedro Ramón Rodriguez Echavarria, 37.

Unlikely Go-Betweens. Thus ended an explosive, six-week crisis verging often near the flash...

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