Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna

Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna (1953) is a Dominican lawyer, academic, and was President of the Dominican Republic from 1996 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2012. Since January 2016, he is the President of the EU–LAC Foundation.
Fernández became the first elected president of the Dominican Republic under his political party, the Dominican Liberation Party ("Partido de la Liberación Dominicana"), although party founder Juan Bosch was also sworn in as president in 1963 after the first democratic elections held in roughly four decades in the country. Fernández's administrations have focused much on technological and infrastructural development and macroeconomic and monetary stability.
He is a native of Villa Juana, Distrito Nacional and lived for much of his childhood and early adulthood in New York City.
According to local sociologist José Oviedo, "The country trusts him with the economy, but he doesn't seem to pay that much attention to social issues." The economic prosperity which his government prided itself on, seemed to fail in reaching enough people.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the economy situation worsened during his last term.

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