Today in Latin American History
Former Dominican President Balaguer Was Re-elected in 1986, 1990, and 1994
Photo: Joaquin Balaguer
Today in Latin American history, Joaquin Balaguer was re-elected President of the Dominican Republic in 1986, 1990 & 1994.
Balaguer was originally sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic in 1960 when Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo resigned.
A short-lived military coup forced Balaguer to resign in 1962 and take refuge in the United States.
He returned in 1965 and ran successfully for president in 1966. He was reelected to the presidency in 1970 and 1974.
He regained the presidency in 1986 and was reelected in 1990. He again won in 1994. Since 1974, elections in the Dominican Republic took place on May 16 every four years, unless it is a work day.
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