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|53rd President of the Dominican Republic|
16 August 2012 – 16 August 2020
|Vice President||Margarita Cedeño de Fernández|
|Preceded by||Leonel Fernández|
|Succeeded by||Luis Abinader|
|Secretary of State of the Presidency|
16 August 2004 – 8 November 2006
|Preceded by||Sergio Grullón|
|Succeeded by||César Pina Toribio|
16 August 1996 – 16 August 1999
|Preceded by||Rafael Bello Andino|
|Succeeded by||Alejandrina Germán|
|President of the Chamber of Deputies|
16 August 1994 – 16 August 1995
|Preceded by||Norge Botello|
|Succeeded by||Ramón Fadul|
|President pro tempore of CELAC|
28 January 2016 – 26 January 2017
|Preceded by||Rafael Correa|
|Succeeded by||Salvador Sánchez Cerén|
|Born||10 November 1951
Bohechío, Dominican Republic
|Political party||Liberation Party|
|Spouse(s)||Cándida Montilla (m. 1987)|
|Relations||Lucía Medina (sister)
Francisco Caamaño (second-cousin)
|Alma mater||Santo Domingo Institute of Technology|
Danilo Medina Sánchez (born 10 November 1951) is a Dominican politician who was President of the Dominican Republic from 2012 to 2020.
Medina previously served as Chief of Staff to the President of the Dominican Republic from 1996 to 1999 and from 2004 to 2006, and is a member of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). He won the May 2012 Dominican presidential election, defeating Hipòlito Mejía with 51% of the votes. On 15 May 2016, Danilo Medina leading a coalition of parties won the 2016 Dominican presidential election, defeating the leader of the opposition and PRM candidate Luis Abinader with 61.8% of the votes, the highest percentage received by a president elected in free elections since 1924 when Horacio Vásquez won the presidency with 69.8% of the ballots—surpassing Juan Bosch's record of 59.5% obtained in 1962, and Leonel Fernández's 57.1% of the votes obtained in 2004.
Medina's second term has been characterized as humane, transparent and goal-driven. With a penchant for performing weekly visits to impoverished rural sections of the country, President Medina finished his second term with a 65% approval rate and the Dominican Republic has been variously called the Caribbean Switzerland.
Medina's family, including two of his brothers, are currently being investigated under allegations of corruption, involving traffic of influence by which they benefited under Medina presidency, obtaining multiple contracts and business with the State. As of November 2020[update], the investigation process had entered a new phase following the arrests of two of Medina's brothers.
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