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The 62 year-old Mr Medina brought with him extensive political baggage, having once been an activist for the PRD, which he left to join the PLD in 1973. The party, initially to the left of the Revolutionary Party, moved steadily to the centre in the 1990s.Mr Medina had served as chief of staff to the PLD leader Leonel Fernández during his presidential terms in the 1990s and again in 2004-06. He had also stood as Liberation Party candidate in the 2000 presidential election, losing to Hipolito Mejia. After internal differences and squabbles he fell out with President Fernández in 2006 when the latter defeated him in the Liberation Party primaries for the presidential election of 2008. Mr Medina eventually secured the Liberation Party nomination for the 2012 election. His narrow win over Mr Mejia consolidated the PLD’s domination. It already controlled both houses of Congress. 

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Official name: República Dominicana (Dominican Republic)
Head of State: President Danilo Medina (PLD) (elected 20 May 2012, sworn in 16 August)
Head of government: President Danilo Medina (PLD) (since 2012)
Ruling party: Partido de la Liberación Dominicana (PLD) (Dominican Liberation Party) (from 2010)
Area: 48,400 square km
Population: 10.60 million (2014)*
Capital: Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Dominican Republic peso (RD$) = 100 centavos
Exchange rate: RD$45.10 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$6,044 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 7.30% (2014)*
GDP: US$64.08 billion (2014)*
Unemployment: 6.40% (2014)
Inflation: 4.80% (2013)
Balance of trade: -US$7.31 billion (2013)
* estimated figure


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