In his most recent appearance before Congress during a celebration for the 168th anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence, President Leonel Fernández said that during his presidency he has seen the country become “a small New York,” with a much improved infrastructure and strong economic growth.
The economy grew on average 7.1% annually “and that’s a feat that had not occurred before at any time in our history,” said Fernández. The president, a 58 year old lawyer, has held executive power in 1996-2000, 2004-2008, and 2008-2012, and will complete his administration in August. Because of a constitutional ban, Fernández may not be reelected this year, but may run again for president in 2016. His wife Margarita Cedeño aspires to the vice presidency in the upcoming elections.
The president used his last appearance before Congress to compare the economic achievements of the last two administrations with the administration of former President Hipólito Mejía (2000-2004), who aims to return this year for president as candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD).
For original article (in Spanish), see http://noticias.aollatino.com/2012/02/28/santo-domingo-nueva-york-chiquito/