DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Attempted Coup or No Coup?

For the puzzled Dominicans, that is the question

Even as the early voting returns started trickling in last week, a trend in the presidential balloting was becoming apparent. In his attempt to win an unprecedented fourth term, Dominican Republic President Joaquin Balaguer was slipping further behind his principal challenger, Antonio Guzmán of the Dominican Revolutionary Party. By 4 a.m. on the day after the election, with about one-fourth of the ballots counted, Guzmán was leading by 326,076 to 218,073.

At that moment, an army officer with soldiers burst into Santo Domingo's electoral commission headquarters and declared: "This is now over!...

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