Dominican Republic. According to
CountryAAH, political strife arose during the
year within the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).
President Danilo Medina's party mate and predecessor, Leonel
Fernández, led summer protests against Medina's proposal to
change the constitution so that he could be re-elected as
president. At the end of July, Medina withdrew the proposal.
Shortly thereafter, he supported Gonzalo Castillo, one of
his own ministers, as presidential candidate in the party's
Castillo is a big favorite to win the May 2020
presidential election against Luís Abinader of the Modern
Revolutionary Party (PRM), who held his primary elections
the same day as the PLD. One reason for this forecast is
that the economy performed very well during Medina's term of
office, especially in the tourism industry. One sign that
the optimism about the economy is great was that Finance
Minister Isidoro Santana was forced to resign at the end of
July because the growth forecast in the state budget for
2020 was lower than the previously announced, even though it
was still 5%.