Latin American Weekly Report - 31 October 2019 (WR-19-43)

PLD fracture blows Dominican electoral race wide open

The acrimonious rift between the two most influential politicians in the Dominican Republic led to the definitive rupture of the ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) this week. President Danilo Medina and his predecessor Leonel Fernández (1996-2000; 2004-2012), who have dominated national politics this century, have managed to set aside their personal animosity in the past to strike a deal over which of them gets to exercise the national presidency. But Fernández resigned his position as PLD party president on 20 October citing electoral fraud in primary elections earlier in the month when he was narrowly defeated by a Medina acolyte, Gonzalo Castillo, and on 28 October 27 PLD national deputies loyal to Fernández followed his lead and abandoned the party.

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