In the Dominican Republic, President Danilo Medina will enjoy decisive majorities in both the senate and the chamber of deputies for his second four-year term in power until 2020. The electoral council (JCE) confirmed on 28 May that the ruling Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) has a stranglehold on power at the presidential, congressional and municipal level. There is no such one-party dominance in neighbouring Haiti where, two days later, a special commission presented a 105-page report to interim president Jocelerme Privert calling for the contested first round of presidential elections to be annulled due to widespread fraud and for fresh elections to be staged.

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