SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Former president Joaquin Balaguer, campaigning to return to the top office at the age of 94, has chosen his former vice president as his running mate in May elections.

Jacinto Peynado served as Balaguer's vice president from 1994 to 1996.

When Balaguer was barred from running again in 1996 due to constitutional term limits, Peynado ran for the presidency for the Social Christian Reformist Party. But Balaguer endorsed his opponent, Leonel Ferdandez, who defeated Peynado.

Fernandez cannot seek a second consecutive term in the May 16 elections under the term limits.

Before become vice president, Peynado had served four years as a senator.