SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic– With COVID-19 cases still surging, the Dominican Republic on Sunday held governmental elections that had currently been postponed by the pandemic, and surveys suggested that a business owner without any previous experience in federal government was favored to oust a celebration that has ruled for the past 16 years.
Luís Abinader, a 52- year-old tourist market leader who finished second in the last election, was leading in latest studies, with the governing party’s Gonzalo Castillo, a previous public works minister, trailing. Former President Leonel Feernández, who served 3 previous terms, was likewise on the ballot, in addition to three small celebrations.
Term limitations avoided outbound President Danilo Medina from looking for a third four-year term of his own for the center-left Dominican Liberation Celebration, which had actually won every presidential election since 2004.
Both Abinader and Castillo, 59, have proposed social support programs to manage the coronavirus crisis.
The dispersing coronavirus triggered officials to postpone the election, which had actually initially been scheduled for Might. It went on Sunday although the Health Ministry on Saturday reported the greatest day-to-day count of brand-new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1,241 The nation of some 10.5 million individuals has reported 794 deaths from the disease.
Lines were long and lots of voters appeared to neglect physical distancing rules as they cast ballots for 32 senators and 190 members of the lower home of congress.
If no candidate tops 50%of the vote, a runoff would be hung on July26 The new president takes ofice on Aug. 16.
The campaign was notably low profile, with none of the mass conferences and street caravans common in previous years.
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