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Dominican Republican Elections #257892

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1978
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(Studio) Dominican Republican government orders for vote-counting to continue after Wednesday's seizure of ballots by military, apparently from fear that opposition candidate Antonio Guzman would defeat incumbent, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican) Return to near normalcy in Santo Domingo noted. Orders for vote-counting to proceed, given by central elec. committee head, reported after he apparently received such orders from President Balaguer. Reports of pressure from President Carter on Balaguer to let counting continue cited. Balaguer's visit to Washington, DC last fall to sign Panama Canal treaty mentioned; film shown. Balaguer's talk of human rights during visit and Carter's response stated. [CARTER - says he and Balaguer have talked of 1978 Dominican elecs. and right of everyone to vote.] Concerns in Dominican Republican that government may try to manipulate outcome of voting, especially concerns of American companies here, examined. Property owned in Republican by Gulf + Western described. US-Dominican Republican trade outlined.

(Studio) Claims of victory by both sides in election stated; outcome not expected to be known for about 2 weeks
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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