Dominican Republic: Homecoming

The dark, window-curtained sedan sped away from the airport toward Santo Domingo, darting through traffic and stepping up to 95 m.p.h. on the straightaway. The city's war damage was barely visible in the blur. Minutes later, the car drew up at a grey stucco house on tree-lined Avenida Maximo Gomez. Joaquin Balaguer, 57, a onetime Trujillo functionary who served as President of the Dominican Republic from 1960 to 1962, was returning home after more than three years of enforced exile—and introduced a new element into the deadlocked situation.

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