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Mejia Wins Dominican Election

May 18, 2000

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ The second- and third-place candidates withdrew from the Dominican presidential race today, recognizing a first-round victory by opposition leader Hipolito Mejia.

Forcing the country to endure another round of campaigning would be ``a tortuous road″ that could create instability and hurt the economy, Dominican Liberation Party candidate Danilo Medina told a news conference.

``The clear tendency shown by the votes cast is that the Dominican people are inclined to see a government by (Mejia’s) Dominican Revolutionary Party,″ Medina said.

Ex-President Joaquin Balaguer also recognized a Mejia victory, said Donald Reid Cabral, president of Balaguer’s Social Christian Reformist Party.

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