• Short Summary

    FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1924, FREE AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS WERE HELD IN THE CARIBBEAN STATE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TODAY (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    1.
    GV CROWD
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    2.
    GV CROWD-PEOPLE CLAPPING
    0.06

    3.
    LV CROWD
    0.09

    4.
    MV CROWD
    0.13

    5.
    CV BANNER "SOCIAL CHRISTIANO"
    0.16

    6.
    MV SECTION OF CROWD BINGING (SOF)
    0.35

    7.
    SV INT..JUAN BOSCH ON LEFT-MODERATOR ON RIGHT
    0.39

    8.
    CU BOSCH
    0.42

    9.
    CU FATHER GARCIA
    0.44



    Initials KC/N/JF/EEH



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1924, FREE AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS WERE HELD IN THE CARIBBEAN STATE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TODAY (THURSDAY). THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WAS RULED BY THE DICTATOR, RAFAEL TRUJILLO, FOR 32 YEARS UNTIL HIS ASSASSINATION ON MAY 30, 1961.

    THREE MILLION DOMINICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN PUT UP NEARLY TWENTY SEPARATE POLITICAL PARTIES WHICH HAVE BEEN FORMED IN THE PAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS. NO SUPPORTERS OF THE FORMER REGIME HAVE BEEN PERMITTED TO STAND FOR ELECTION.

    IN GENERAL, THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN INTENSIVE AND HAS LED TO SOME CLASHES BETWEEN SUPPORTERS. ACCORDING TO SOME OVERSEAS OBSERVERS, THE RIVALRY BETWEEN THE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES IS SO FIERCE THAT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO FORM A COALITION IF ONE PARTY DID NOT ACHIEVE AN OVERALL MAJORITY.

    ONE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN IN THE CAPITAL OF SANTO DOMINGO, HAS BEEN OVER THE CHARGE BY MEMBERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY THAT ONE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, JUAN BOSCH, OF THE DOMINICAN REVOLUTIONARY PARTY, WAS A COMMUNIST.

    BOSCH WITHDREW FROM THE CAMPAIGN AND THEN CHALLENGED FATHER LAUTICO GARCIA, THE JESUIT PRIEST WHO MADE THE CHARGE, TO DEBATE THE ISSUE ON TELEVISION. FATHER GARCIA ACCEPTED. THE DEBATE LASTED FOR ALMOST FIVE HOURS AND ENDED WITH FATHER GARCIA RETRACTING HIS CHARGES. BOSCH HAS SINCE RE-ENTERED THE CAMPAIGN AND HAS BEEN CONSIDERED ONE OF THE LEADING CANDIDATES IN THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9BE31UW22ZDRSVU9E514HEVZQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9BE31UW22ZDRSVU9E514HEVZQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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