Dominican Republic: Unaccustomed Calm

While just about everyone wants an election in the Dominican Republic, the fear has persisted that the campaign preceding it might only intensify the hatreds that lie just beneath the surface. Last week, with all three major candidates entered in the field and the election only six weeks away, the Dominicans were acting with unaccustomed calm. All the parties seemed ready to abide by the election results, and even the military promised the winner full cooperation. The campaign was conspicuously subdued. Even the memory of Santo Domingo's violent fighting and demonstrations was...

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