Dominican Republic: Closer to Chaos

Conflicts will continue even if Jesus Christ descends to this seat. I, senores, am an instrument of destiny.

As 25 gold-encrusted armed forces officers stood behind him in the National Palace last month, President JoaquĆ­n Balaguer thus announced his determination to ignore growing opposition and run for a second four-year term. Part of the President's prophecy has already proved accurate. As a result of Balaguer's stand, conflicts in the troubled country of 4,174,000 are heating to the boil. In response to his decision, an alliance of seven opposition parties last week threatened...

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