Dominican Republic. The Social Democratic Party Partido
Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD) won a superior victory in
the local and congressional elections held in May. 62% of
the votes cast a clear majority in both chambers of
Congress. The party's legendary leader, Jose Francisco Peña
Gómez, who was also the vice-president of the Socialist
International, was not allowed to experience the success
because he died of cancer just before the election. The PRD
also had great successes in the local elections.
Countryaah, current President Leonel Fernández Reyna's party The
Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) received just
under 30% of the vote. The major loser of the election was
former President Joaquín Balaguer's social-Christian party
Partido Reformista Social Cristiano (PRSC).
President Leonel Fernández Reyna visited neighboring
Haiti, the first official visit between the countries in 70
years. The visit resulted in agreements on the fight against
drugs, tourism and trade cooperation, as well as direct
postal connections between the countries.
When Hurricane Georges advanced across the Caribbean in
September, D. was hit hardest. The hurricane led to floods
and landslides and at least 200 people died. More than half
of the country's bridges were destroyed and 1,000 people
lost their homes.