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The president Luis Abinader He is favorite to win this Sunday’s elections in Dominican Republic, amid great popularity for his management of the economy and the pandemic and, above all, for his tough policy towards Haiti. More than 8 of the 11 million Dominicans are called to the polls in these general elections, in which the 190 deputies and 32 senators of Congress are chosen at the same time. Abinader, 56 years old and seeking a second four-year term, is the big favorite of the nine candidates with 60% voting intentions, according to the latest survey by Gallup, a Costa Rican polling institute considered by analysts on the island to be the best. More reliable. He is followed by former president Leonel Fernández (1996-2000; 2004-2008 and 2008-2012), with 25%, and Abel Martínez, with 13%.

According to data from this research, Abinader have a chance to win re-election this Sunday if you get 50% plus one of the votes. If this is not achieved, a Second round on June 30th.

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“He’s going for a comfortable re-election,” Dominican political scientist Rosario Espinal told AFP. “He knew how to take measures that will add support to his reelection: subsidies, increased employment, the issue of Haitian migration.”

The president of the Dominican Republic and candidate for re-election, Luis Abinader, participates in an event on May 11, 2024 in Santo Domingo. (EFE/Orlando Barria). (Orlando Barria/)

Your policy on HaitiIn fact, it received strong support, according to polls. Since coming to power, Abinader has increased immigration operations, built a wall along part of the border and closed migration from the neighboring country, devastated by a chronic political and humanitarian crisis, worsened by the violence imposed by the gangs that control a large part of its territory.

“It is an issue that has generated support”, considered Espinal.

Two people look at items of clothing next to a poster for the election campaign of candidate Leonel Fernández in Santo Domingo.  (EFE/Orlando Barria).

Two people look at items of clothing next to a poster for the election campaign of candidate Leonel Fernández in Santo Domingo. (EFE/Orlando Barria). (Orlando Barria/)

It is by no means a divisive issue: Candidates agree to defend deportations to Haiti -more than 250,000 in 2023- and increase border security measures.

“We will continue to deport anyone who is illegal,” Abinader said. in a debate three weeks ago. “We have that right,” he agreed. Fernández. Both criticized international pressure for the Dominican Republic to welcome Haitian refugees.

Photograph of electoral material inside a school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  (EFE/Bienvenido Velasco).

Photograph of electoral material inside a school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (EFE/Bienvenido Velasco).

“We will win again!”

Santo Domingo and many provincial cities are covered in candidate propaganda on billboards, walls and houses. Abinader and Fernández led demonstrations with hundreds of supporters shouting slogans and dancing Dominican merengue.

“We will win again!” shouted the campaign command Abinaderwho asked to “seal” the victory, while the “president of progress”, as Fernández calls himself, proclaims that on Sunday “there will be surprises”.

Abinader management has 70% approval, according to Gallup, which highlighted that 47.5% believe that “things” in the country “are moving in the right direction” and 40% believe that the economic situation “is better now”.

“Stabilizing a country is not that easy and getting it to work properly is not that easy either, it takes time,” Genry Pérez, a 30-year-old transporter, told AFP. “That’s why the population wants to give him a chance” Abinaderhe guarantees.

Growth in the Dominican Republic.  (AFP).

Growth in the Dominican Republic. (AFP).

Fernández accused the government of manipulating economic indicators.

“This government has failed (failed),” repeats the former president, using baseball jargon. Abinader he retaliates: he congratulates himself on his economic policy and the “better management” he made of the covid-19 pandemic.

Abinader congratulates himself on the economic achievements of his administration: talks about high growth, inflation “within range” and low unemployment. The World Bank projects a 5% increase in GDP at the end of the year, as does the IMF, which highlights the country’s “potential” “to become an advanced economy” in the coming decades.

Abinader also insists that voting for Fernández is “returning” to corruption, which he promised to combat since his first campaign.

Research projects that the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) in Abinader will occupy the majority of seats in Congress. This political organization has already won 120 of the 150 municipalities in February’s municipal elections, considered a thermometer for the generals.

The Constitution allows for consecutive re-election for a second four-year termthe chance to compete again for the position held every two periods.

Source: Elcomercio

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