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Election in dispute after apparent win
SANTO DOMINGO — A governing party official appeared to have scored a first-round win in the Dominican Republic’s presidential election, but supporters of his main opponent complained of vote-buying and other forms of fraud. They said they would challenge the results.
Danilo Medina of the current president’s Dominican Liberation Party received just over 51 percent of Sunday’s vote with 83 percent of the ballots counted, according to the Caribbean country’s Electoral Commission.
His main rival, former President Hipolito Mejia of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, had nearly 47 percent. The winner needed more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff.
Mr. Mejia’s representative on the Electoral Commission accused the ruling party of fraud, saying the former president should have received many more votes than the results reflected.
Observers from the Organization of American States confirmed incidents of vote-buying but not enough to taint the overall results, said the head of the mission, Tabare Vazquez, a former president of Uruguay.
Two Americans charged with conspiracy
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Two Americans jailed in Haiti were charged with conspiracy for participating in a street march that pressed for the return of the country's disbanded army, a Haitian government official said Sunday.
Authorities say Mr. Petrie and Mr. Shaw were drivers for a group of ex-soldiers and their young followers who marched in Haiti’s capital Friday for the army’s return. The demonstration drew hundreds of supporters who donned mismatching military uniforms, including Mr. Petrie, who wore an army T-shirt, and Mr. Shaw, who wore camouflaged pants.
The march that began peacefully turned violent when people began throwing rocks at U.N. peacekeepers and shots were fired outside an old military base.
Police locked up 48 other people on a range of charges that included possession of illegal weapons and assault on a police officer.
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