Dominican Republic: Sweet Victory

A new leader emerges

Seventeen years after U.S. troops were sent to the Dominican Republic to prevent what Washington feared might be "another Cuba," the politically volatile Caribbean nation (pop. 5.7 million) last week demonstrated the resilience of its fledgling democracy. Moderate Social Democrat Salvador Jorge Blanco of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (P.R.D.) became the country's fourth freely elected President since the assassination of Dictator Rafael Trujillo in 1961.

The 90-day election campaign was the most hotly contested in the Dominican Republic's turbulent 138-year history. Despite persistent rumors of a right-wing military...

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