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Dominican Republican Elections #257882

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1978
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(Studio) Report on military seizure of ballots in Dominican Republican, after it appeared that opposition would defeat incumbent in elecs. Army's denial that this is coup stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican) Details given about controversy over vote counting and military closure of counting center by gens. supporting President Joaquin Balaguer. Demands of Dominican Revolutionary party (PRD), lead by Hatuey de Camps, given. [DE CAMPS - (thru interpreter) says party takes position that it has won elecs. and expects military to respect decision.] Earlier interview with Antonio Guzman, who went into hiding after military action, mentioned; his apparent confidence that military wouldn't step in noted. Mil. declarations that Balaguer is still in power and will ultimately be chosen to stay there stated. Opposition's position that Carter administration will pressure current Dominican government to allow them to take over government cited.

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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