Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic's new president pledges to fight pandemic, corruption

SANTO DOMINGO, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Luis Abinader, the Dominican Republic's new president, pledged on Sunday to strengthen healthcare amid the COVID-19 pandemic and fight corruption, during his first presidential speech.

"COVID-19 has exposed the country's serious institutional weakness ... this is an opportunity to overcome our structural deficiencies," he said after being sworn in.

The Dominican Republic has registered more than 85,000 cases of infection and 1,400 deaths from the disease, which has impacted tourism, one of the island's leading industries.

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