04-07-19 Latin American Weekly Report
Mercosur seals EU trade deal but political trials lie ahead
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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