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Dominican Republic Holds Peaceful Legislative Elections


Legislative elections in the Dominican Republic have ended with officials reporting a low voter turnout and no major violence or irregularities.

At least 5.2 million people were registered to vote in the election, which was monitored by the U.S.-based Organization of American States.

President Leonel Fernandez hopes the country's economic rebound will help his Dominican Liberation Party win many of the contested seats. The opposition currently holds a slim majority in the lower house of Congress and controls the Senate.

At stake are more than 210 legislative seats and 151 mayoral spots.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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