Dominican Republic. On May 16, congressional and municipal elections were held in the Dominican Republic. The opposition party Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC) went strongly ahead and doubled the number of members in the House of Representatives. The ruling party Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD) thus lost the majority it had since the 1998 elections, but at the same time took no less than 29 of the Senate’s 32 seats.
Despite the new power relations in the House of Representatives, the government is still trying to enforce constitutional amendments intended to lower the threshold for victory in presidential elections from 50% to 40%, and to enable the re-election of the president, which was banned by the previous constitutional changes in 1994. In the municipal elections, the PRD won in 104 of the country’s 125 municipalities.
According to Countryaah website, national day of Dominican Republic is every February 27. The leading person in Dominican politics for the past 40 years, Joaquín Balaguer, died July 14, 95 years old. He served as president for a total of 22 years during seven terms in 1966-78 and 1986-96.