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Dominican President Abinader Wins Re-election in a Landslide

WorldDominican President Abinader Wins Re-election in a Landslide

President Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic won his re-election bid in a landslide, bolstered by sweeping restrictions on Haitian migrants and a strong economy.

Mr. Abinader, 56, who rose to power four years ago by vowing to fight corruption, took 57 percent of the vote on Sunday, easily enough to avoid a runoff with his closest rival, Leonel Fernández, a three-time former president. Mr. Fernández took 29 percent, with 100 percent of polling stations counted, according the Dominican Republic’s national electoral authority.

The official results were made available on Tuesday night, though Mr. Abinader’s top rivals had already conceded on Sunday night. Mr. Abinader, a former executive in the tourism industry, held a commanding lead going into the vote as opponents foundered in trying to unseat one of Latin America’s most popular incumbents.

In a victory speech, Mr. Abinader thanked his rivals and those who voted for him.

“I accept the trust placed in me,” Mr. Abinader said. “I will not let you down.”

Mr. Abinader’s immigration policies loomed over the election, spotlighting how a crackdown on migrants can prove exceptionally popular. The Dominican Republic, which occupies the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti, is ramping up deportations of tens of thousands of Haitians this year.

As armed gangs create turmoil in Haiti, Mr. Abinader is also pressing ahead with building a border wall between the two countries. In a country where exploiting anti-Haitian sentiment is nothing new, and where the crisis in Haiti has sowed fears of contagion, many voters applauded such moves.

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