At age 42, Leonel Fernández Reyna was the youngest person ever elected president of the Dominican Republic. He vowed to end political corruption, broadened the country's economic base by attracting high-technology firms and reestablished ties with Cuba. Constitutionally barred from running for reelection, Fernández left office in 2000. In 2004 he was easily elected president and won again in 2008.
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