Guzman vs Balaguer

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Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE BBA in International Business Dominican History Professor Elsa Torres Group Report Express your opinion in relation to: Antonio Guzmán’s agricultural political approach and Joaquin Balaguer’s political-construction approach. Adela Tremols (10-0386)
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Xavier Baquero (10-0126) November 15, 2010 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Introduction Background Information After the Constitutional Revolution, Hector García Godoy was established as provisional president of the Dominican Republic; had the responsibility of organizing elections and preventing political turmoil. He was unable to control the political situation fully but on the short period of time of his presidency he managed to take various measures for the economical well being of the country. He encouraged exports and imposed a political substitution of imports, also a reduction on the taxes of the products of prime necessity. His measures aimed to help stabilize the economic situation of the country, which had been affected by the constant insurgencies and the political instability. García Godoy was able to fulfill his duty as required by the United States and elections were held in 1966. With repression and violence Balaguer was put into the
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presidency, he was characterized by his authoritarian methods of government and sought to develop capitalism in the country. When it comes to economic measures, Balaguer focused on infrastructure development, agrarian growth and wanted to stimulate foreign investments. The Dominican economy on the first twelve years of Balaguer had major improvements as consequence of the government’s expenditures, foreign investment did improve substantially but Balaguer’s form of government started to lose support of the United States. Democratic elections were demanded and so PRD’s candidate Antonio Guzmán won the elections in 1978. Guzmán counted with the support of the people and aimed to return the democracy that Balaguer’s regime had taken away from the Dominican people. With his economic measures Guzmán, wanted to redistribute the wealth and improve the status of those who were worse off. In
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