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Economist Danilo Medina became president of the Dominican Republic in August and is impressing allies and foes alike. (Photo: Dominican Presidency)
The new Medina administration at the National Palace in Santo Domingo, is implementing tighter control over spending and requiring more transparency. (Photo: K-Bien)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Dominican Republic: Cautious Optimism


Despite several major challenges, there is cautious optimism among Dominicans about the outlook.

BY JOACHIM BAMRUD


SANTO DOMINGO -- The Dominican Republic’s new president Danilo Medina is impressing both supporters and opponents alike. His policies of austerity, doubling the education budget and focus on government ethics have won widespread praise while his plan to eradicate illiteracy by the end of 2014 has received enthusiastic support, even from the main opposition party PRD.

News that Medina traveled to New York this week to attend the UN Summit with a delegation of only six people raised eye brows in a nation used to large presidential entourages and is seen as only the latest example of the new president’s real commitment to austerity.

Yet, Medina also faces several serious challenges during his four-year mandate. They include ...

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