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Dominican President Reaches Out to Opponents Ahead of New Term

SANTO DOMINGO - Dominican President Danilo Medina, who according to provisional results was re-elected in the elections on Sunday, reached out to his political opponents ahead of his new term.

The president of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) on Monday addressed his political opponents, saying "they represent an important sector of the society" and affirmed that "from today" he returns "to be the president of everybody."

Medina appeared before his campaign organization, accompanied by his wife Candida Montilla, celebrating the preliminary results. With 58.09 percent of votes counted, Medina gained 61.96 percent, beating his immediate rival Luis Abinader of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) who achieved 35.23 percent.

"We return to work for everyone, regardless of the flag color" for which they chose, he added. He also said to his opponents that the government will seek them out to work together.

For Medina, the result shows that "the people are supporting that the country follows the course planned since 2012" and noted that the achievements during his first period of government have been the best guarantee to the citizens.

"You cannot fool anybody with words because people want actions," said the president, who stated that "this is the first time a candidate wins without appearing on television or giving interviews."

Apart from electing the president and vice president, more than six million Dominicans went to the polls on Sunday to choose legislators, municipal authorities and representatives of the country to the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN).
 

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