DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Joy in Santo Domingo

A new President, with a little help from Carter

The popular mood in Santo Domingo was unmistakably jubilant. Thousands of cheering citizens waved white flags in honor of the victorious Dominican Revolutionary Party (P.R.D.). They thronged the streets, tooting auto horns and shouting political slogans: "Ya ya Balaguer se va. ¿Que felicidad!" (Balaguer is going. What happiness!). After twelve years in office, the defeated Joaquin Balaguer, now 70 and nearly blind, was departing in favor of Politician-Farmer Antonio Guzmán, 67, a Social Democrat. It was the first time in this century that a freely elected President of the Dominican Republic had...

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