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Leonel Fernandez 201x220 - H.E. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna

H.E. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna

Former President, the Dominican Republic

Bio Current as of July 21, 2016

Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna (born 26 December 1953) is a Dominican lawyer, academic, and was President of the Dominican Republic from 1996 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2012.

Fernández became the first elected president of the Dominican Republic under his political party, the Dominican Liberation Party (“Partido de la Liberación Dominicana” in Spanish, PLD), although party founder Juan Bosch was also sworn in as president in 1963 after the first democratic elections held in roughly four decades in the country. Fernández’s administrations have focused much on technological and infrastructural development and macroeconomic and monetary stability (no hyperinflationary crisis has occurred under Fernández and PLD administrations).

He is a native of Villa Juana, Distrito Nacional and lived for much of his childhood and early adulthood in New York City.