Friday, May 16, 2008

Dominican Elections Blog

Welcome to our blog/vlog about the upcoming presidential election on May 16, 2008 in the Dominican Republic. We will be blogging and posting election information, photographs, interviews and videos about the election and the country's society and politics. We are Paper City Films.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

One day strike in Dominican Republic

A one-day strike took place in the Dominican Republic today, with heightened police presence in the zona colonial. The strike was called by the Foro Social Alternativo, a group of political parties including MIUCA and other social organizations.,27067,html

This follows on the heels of a 3-day strike by doctors.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

PLD accuses PRD candidate Miguel Vargas Maldonado of corrupt business deals.

The ruling party, PLD, released documents showing PRD candidate Miguel Vargas Maldonado may have had corrupt business deals while director of public works under former president Hipolito Mejia.

Recent surveys (released 2/17/08) show varied findings: one showed PLD Fernandez with a 13 point lead, enough to win without a runoff; and another reported them tied.

Friday, February 15, 2008


Both candidates are using various websites and youtube to promote their candidate.

Leonel Fernandez - PLD Partido de la Liberación Dominicana • •

Miguel Vargas of the PRD - Partido Revolucionario Dominicano -
Also has a whole album worth of campaign songs in whichever musical flavor you prefer: merengue, reggaeton o rock.


Amable Aristy

The former chief of the National Police, retired general
Pedro de Jesús Candelier, candidato presidencial del Partido Alianza Popular (PAP)

Partido Nueva Alternativa
- Almanzar

Ex ministro de Obras Públicas Eduardo Estrella, del Partido Revolucionario Social Demócrata (PRSD);

Trajano Santana, del Partido Revolucionario Independiente (PRI);

Ex fiscal Guillermo Moreno, del izquierdista Movimiento Independencia Unidad y Cambio (MIUCA).

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Political parties in the Dominican Republic


The incumbent is Leonel Fernandez of the PLD.

running against Miguel Vargas of the PRD.

Political parties in the Dominican Republic from wikipedia

There are two electoral alliances of parties, the Progressive Bloc which includes the PLD,
and the Grand National Alliance which includes the PRD and the PRSC.

Other parties:


Partido de los Trabajadores Dominicanos

Partido Comunista del Trabajo

Unión Patriótica – UPA

Movimiento Popular Dominicano.. M.P.D.

Movimiento Independiente Unidad y Cambio –MIUCA-

Partido Nueva Alternativa – PNA-

Fuerza de Trabajo - FT -

Partido Comunista-M.l. publishes Despertar!

Organización Revolucionaria del Pueblo- ORP-

Organización Política de los Trabajadores- OPT-

Liga Socialista de ;os Trabajadores- LST-

More listed at

Monday, February 11, 2008

IMF & banks create bad press for Fernandez

Dominican Government violated norms with Sun Land loan, IMF says

Dominican Republic ratings placed on negative watch - S&P
February 11, 2008: 12:43 AM EST

BANGALORE, Feb. 11, 2008 (Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) -- Standard & Poor's (NYSE:MHP) Ratings Services said it placed Dominican Republic's 'B+' long and 'B' short-term sovereign credit ratings on negative watch, citing uncertainty surrounding promissory notes due between March and July, including the possibility that they will not be paid because they were issued illegally.

The Dominican Republic has a history of poor debt management and lack of transparency, S&P noted....

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Past Presidents

Juan Bosch

Rafael Leonidas Trujillo - dictator who controlled the Dominican Republic from 1930-61 when he was assassinated.

Joaquin Balaguer

Pena Gomez - PRD leader but never president.

Hipolito Mejia

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Television ads from the candidates

Eduardo Estrella

Leonel Fernandez - PLD

2004 ad:

Song about Leonel: Ramon Orlando, sergio vargas, rubby perez, rafa rosario, cantan no hay nadie mas para sustituirte a leonel fernandez presidente de la republica dominicana.

Miguel Vargas - PRD