Joaquin Balaguer and Contemporary Dominican Politics and Society
Latin American Studies
The death of Joaquin Balaguer on July 14, 2002 took many Dominicans by surprise despite the fact that he was 95. Many Dominicans thought that Balageur had challenged the laws of nature "successfully." Balageur had been active in Dominican politics since the 1920s. He worked as a collaborator of Rafael Trujillo for thirty-one years and served as President of the Republic seven times. In the years when he was not president, he managed to occupy a center-stage position in Dominican politics as a broker whom politicians had to take into account. Presidents and politicians visited his house regularly to consult with him. (excerpt)
Betances, Emelio. "Joaquin Balaguer and Contemporary Domunican Politics and Society." Socialism and Democracy 37, no. 1 (2005): 33-47.