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Abinader eyes re-election in the Dominican Republic

Monday, January 9, 2023


A successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout allowed for a speedy reopening of Dominican tourism, pleasing business elites, while an anti-corruption agenda has placated a public which, under the previous government, demanded transparency. GDP growth forecasts of around 5% in 2023 contrast starkly with the economic stagnation of neighbouring Haiti, whose myriad crises make Abinader’s anti-immigration policies popular.


  • A cholera outbreak in Haiti will further compound anti-immigration sentiment among Dominicans.
  • Any corruption allegations against the Abinader administration could be particularly damaging, given its anti-corruption image.
  • A US halt to imports from the La Romana sugar refinery due to concerns over labour conditions will further damage bilateral relations.

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