Mejia Wins Dominican Election
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.