Dominican Republic: Landslide for Peace

The months of waiting were over, the candidates had made their last pitch, the military disappeared into the barracks for a day. After one of the bitterest and bloodiest years in the country's turbulent history, some 1,200,000 Dominicans finally went to the polls last week for their second free election since 1924. Forecasters had bet on a close result. Instead, Moderate Joaquin Balaguer, 59, won in a landslide, defeating Leftist Juan Bosch, 56, by 745,700 votes to 487,600—almost the same margin by which Bosch himself won the presidency in 1962.

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