Leonel Fernández Reyna Biography

President (non-U.S.) (1953–)
Leonel Fernández Reyna is a Dominican politician who became his country's president in 1996 and again in 2004.


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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