Leonel Fernández

Leonel Fernández, 2010 Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna () (born December 26, 1953) is a Dominican lawyer, academic, and was President of the Dominican Republic from 1996 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2012. Since January 2016, he is the President of the EU–LAC Foundation.

Fernández became the first elected president of the Dominican Republic under his political party, the Dominican Liberation Party (''Partido de la Liberación Dominicana'', or 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.

On 20 November 2018, Leonel Fernández was elected President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations at the 42nd Plenary Assembly of the Organisation devoted to the promotion of multilateralism and the values of the United Nations.

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

Fernandez was accused of capitalizing his organization FUNGLODE with stolen money from his term as president. The accusation was made by José Lois Malkún, ex governor of the Dominican Banco Central. FUNGLODE is now worth millions 15 years after its beginning. Provided by Wikipedia
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