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Universidad Iberoamericana UNIBE BBA in International Business Dominican History Professor Elsa Torres Antonio Guzman and Joaquin Balaguer Valerie Bodden Kluge (10-0014) Joaquín Castillo (10-0085) November 15, 2010 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Bodden; Castillo 2 Antonio Guzman and Joaquin Balaguer During the year 1978, Antonio Guzman Fernandez was elected president by an overwhelming majority of voters, ending with Balaguer’s non-democratic government. Guzman was running on the PRD ticket. Amongst his most notable measure were: the dismantle of the Trujillo’s political and military oligarchy that Balaguer had reinstated, the appointment of his close friends and relatives as government officials, appointing 8,000 new public employees to gain public support, increased public expenditure to activate production of goods, motivated the agricultural and livestock industries, he also took a series of measures to reduce governmental corruption, and passed the Amnesty Law, which allowed many political exiles and prisoners to finally be free. Guzman managed for the nation to be free and democratic. Many of the personal freedoms that had basically banished with Trujillo and Balaguer, were now returned to the public. President Antonio Guzman is probably most known for having a clear focus on the wish to develop the agricultural industry as a source of employment for the rural zones. His measures seeked to protect the small and medium industries, he tried to motivate the exporting industry, and as well he enlarged the production of electricity. At one stage of his government many Dominican products of the daily diet became economically accessible to the general population. He also promoted the cleansing of the administration of the state enterprise, seeking to end the corruption that had been established in previous governments.
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Bodden; Castillo 3 The whole problem behind his way of government, was that the government expenditure was too large, it swallowed up about 85 percent of the national revenue, public and development programs had to be stopped, INESPRE had a budget that was too large, soon there was a substantial increase in imported foods, causing the Dominican agriculture to loose public demand, the Compañia de Electricidad basically did not charge anything for the electricity which caused even more debt for
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