Dominican Republic: Inflaming the Inflammable

Every weekend, as he travels from hamlet to hamlet, President Joaquin Balaguer carries with him a large bottle of alcohol and a supply of cotton. While he shakes hands with the country folk and listens attentively to their complaints, he constantly wipes his hands with alcohol as a precaution against disease. In the Dominican Republic, however, it is a lot easier to ward off germs than political foes. Balaguer is plagued by enemies and rivals. Last week he decided to face them down by announcing his decision to run again in the...

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