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Dominican Republic votes in presidential polls

  • Dominican Republic voters went to the polls on Sunday to elect their next president in a close race between ruling party-backed Danilo Medina and former leader Hipolito Mejia.

    Medina, 60, represents the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) of outgoing President Leonel Fernandez.

    Mejia, 71, of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), governed the Caribbean nation with a population of 10 million from 2000 to 2004.

    With about three-quarters of votes counted, Medina was on 51 percent while Mejia was on 47 percent.

    Six-and-a-half million people were eligible to vote in the election that has been dominated by high living costs, unemployment, corruption and rising crime rates.