Medina declares victory in Dominican Republic presidential polls

  • The governing candidate in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, Danilo Medina, has declared victory.

    Medina won 51% of the vote, avoiding a run-off next month.

    The opposition however has contested the results, claiming the governing party bought votes.

    Medina's main rival, former president Hipolito Mejia, received 47% of the vote but has not yet conceded.

    Issues topping the Caribbean nation’s election agenda were rising unemployment, inflation, crime and corruption.