Dominican Republic: Battle of the Dinosaurs

Battle of the Dinosaurs

When elections were held last week in the Dominican Republic, the two closest contenders for President were old -- very old -- rivals: Joaquin Balaguer, 82 and blind with glaucoma, the current leader, and Juan Bosch, 80, a Marxist and former President who now endorses capitalism as the way to cure the country's economy.

Early returns gave the feisty Bosch the lead, but by week's end, with nearly 87% of the votes counted, Balaguer had squeaked ahead with 11,000 votes. Declaring the election a "colossal fraud," Bosch called for massive demonstrations. Says a Dominican pollster: "It appears that the elder of...

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