Luis Rodolfo Abi Nader Corona, candidate of the opposition Contemporary Revolutionary Party in the Dominican Republic, has declared victory in the country's presidential elections.
Abi Nader (who is of Lebanese descent) said, in a speech to thousands of supporters, who gathered to celebrate his victory, which ended 16 years of rule by the Dominican Liberation Party (President Danilo Medina): "The expectations indicate that our victory is formally irreversible."
Abi Nader was congratulated by his rival Gonzalo Castillo, and from the current President Danilo, who owes the victory, although the CEC has not yet announced the results officially.
"On this election day, the democratic model of the Dominican Republic has become stronger. We therefore congratulate the new elected president, Louis Abi Nader ... for whom we wish him great success," Medina wrote on Twitter.