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Yearbook 2018

Dominican Republic. According to, one person was killed and 48 arrested during a 24-hour strike on October 29 in the Cibao region of the north of the country. The strike was triggered by widespread dissatisfaction with substandard community service and infrastructure, and was organized by the grassroots organization Marcha Verde. The country's economic indicators pointed to strong growth, falling unemployment and low inflation, which led to frustration over the lack of public investment.

2018 Dominican Republic

The opposition, with the PRM (Modern Revolutionary Party) at the forefront, joined a protest movement that emerged during the year against corruption in the country. A protest march on August 12 gathered tens of thousands of protesters across the country. The main target of the protests was the politicians within the PLD (Dominican Liberation Liberation Party) who allegedly received the equivalent of $ 92 million since 2001 from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in exchange for favorable public building projects, but the state prosecutor also shared three senators from the PRM suspicion.

The opposition also accused President Danilo Medina of maneuvering in the direction of a constitutional change that would allow him to be re-elected a second time, thus sitting for three terms. Even within his own party PLD, votes were raised against such reform, notably from the faction led by former President Leonel Fernández (1996-2000, 2004-12), who is expected to compete for the party's candidacy in the 2020 presidential election.

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