Dominican Republic: Political and Economic Conditions and Relations with the United States [Updated April 17, 2007] [open pdf - 72KB]
From the Summary: "President Leonel Fernández of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), who served as president previously (1996-2000), took office on August 16, 2004. President Fernández has presided over a period of rapid economic growth (an estimated 10% in 2006), enjoys continued popular support, and has a majority in both legislative chambers. He has restored investor confidence in the Dominican economy and enacted some fiscal reforms, but struggled to resolve the country's ongoing problems with corruption and electricity shortages. Fernández seeks to maintain close ties with the United States and to improve relations with neighboring Haiti. His government has been criticized, however, for its mistreatment of undocumented Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent. Fernández will seek re-election in May 2008 but is likely to face tough competition from within his own party and from several opposition candidates. Also, on March 1, 2007, the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force in the Dominican Republic after a series of delays. This CRS [Congressional Research Service] report will be updated."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21718