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Yearbook 2015

Dominican Republic. In early September, a historic agreement was made between the country's two leading parties, the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) and the largest opposition party, the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD). The two have for two decades been each other's fiercest opponents, but now agreed to create an alliance for the general elections in May 2016. For Miguel Vargas Maldonado, leader of the PRD, the reason was clear enough; the party has tried to regain power repeatedly since the lost election in 2004 and opinion polls pointed to yet another victory for PLD in May 2016. President Danilo Medina of PLD stated as the reason for the deal that the short-term dominance of Dominican politics has harmed the country, which is facing major challenges and needs a strong leadership. A premise about PLD:

2015 Dominican Republic

Already in June, in a speech to the nation, Medina declared that he would stand for re-election after the Congress, where his party dominates, accepted in record time a change in the constitution to make it possible. According to COUNTRYAAH, PRD leader Vargas was also quick to declare his support for both the constitutional amendment and Medina's re-election.

On the same day that Medina gave her speech to the nation, the deadline for paperless immigrants, most of them from neighboring Haiti, expired, to register and get a work permit. So far, 275,000 had obeyed the government's call, which meant that thousands of Haitians risk being considered illegal and deported back to Haiti.

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