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SANTO DOMINGO.- Former president Hipólito Mejía yesterday revealed that then president Antonio Guzmán was found “crying in his office” 10 days before committing suicide the night of Saturday, July 3, 1982.

The revelation by Mejía, who was Minister of Agriculture during Guzmán’s Presidency, came in the “Government in the morning” radio program, and one week before the journalist Jose Báez Guerrero is to present his book next Thursday, “Guzmán, his life, government and suicide,” which contains amazing revelations.

One pf those is the chronology of the intense activity by then U.S. ambassador Robert Anderson hours after the suicide, out of fear that a coup d’état was unfolding to prevent president-elect Salvador Jorge Blanco from taking office.

When asked about Guzmán’s suicide, Mejía said 10 days before a close aide had told him that the president was found “crying in his office.” He added that the situation prompted him to speak with Guzmán’s wife, Renee Klang, and that she told him that “Antonio had always showed that type of depression.”

 Báez’s 408-page book is based on research as well as his reporter notes, because he was present in the National Palace the entire time between the night of the suicide, until vice president Jacobo Majluta’s took the oath of office as Head of State.

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9 comment(s)
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 25 Jun 2009 9:16 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
all those PRD losers deserve each other.....the hippo should consider this option as well out of shame
Written by: Glimmertwin, 25 Jun 2009 11:29 AM
From: United States
don antonio's govt is one of the best govt in the pat 50 years !! dont hate him for that !
Written by: anthonyC, 25 Jun 2009 12:16 PM
From: United States
Too bad they prevented any coup Jorge Blanco was, by far, the worse President the DR has ever had. He was the Jimmy Carter of the DR.
Written by: BASTA, 25 Jun 2009 12:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Oh my another crack head. L. Fernandez is by far the worst!!!
Written by: ArsenioALembertJr, 25 Jun 2009 1:22 PM
From: Spain, Ibiza, Minorca, Mallorca

I lived in Miami in 1979 when Hurricane David assaulted the DR. When President Guzman conducted a press conference (I watched it on TV in Miami) I was struck speecheless by his lack of knowledge of the Spanish language. I don't think he thought there was anything wrong with his speech; I could not believe that a person with such a strong Cibao slang accent could ever appear before an audience to give a speech, never mind being president of the country. This man was a real gomer pyle, he made Jimmy Carter look im-por--rant!

They say he was a cattle rancher who would spill (discard down the drains) his milk rather than give in to the prevailing prices. Que Barbaraso fue! I remember those were the years I stayed away from the country. Imagine a country grocery store shopkeeper minding the store?
Written by: juanb, 25 Jun 2009 1:28 PM
From: Dominican Republic
You are all wrong about the worst President. Hippo was a complete embarassment to the country, and a disaster as well. Leonel has proven to be a major disappointment. He is borrowing so much to support his cronies and their nefarious schemes that we will never be out of debt. As these loans become due (and they will, sooner than you think) there will be no money to do anything other than to pay our loans. That will bring about further taxes and more unemployment. But why should he care?Based on the deal he made, Vargas will be President and that's when the S... will really hit the fan. Don't be surprised when our new benefactor, Chavez, steps in to "promote public order" and protect the investments of his country. You want to talk about the worst government? You ain't seen nothing yet.
Written by: DonCalembo, 25 Jun 2009 4:03 PM
From: United States
It always surprises me how quickly we forget the past. Guzman's presidency was stable but not stellar. Jorge Blanco was a mess and the Balaguer years were atrocious. Balaguer's years in office were so bad that only Hipolito could make those years look good. Under Hippo loco we were on the brink of total economic collapse! Did we already forget his vulgarity, idiotic management style, ties to corruption and bank breaking inflation?
Written by: carlitos1901, 26 Jun 2009 6:48 AM
From: United States, UTAH
we all know how weak the Dominicans are when it comes to money.
I am not being Balaguerista but EL DOCTOR WAS NOT WRONG WITH THAT.
Written by: carlitos1901, 26 Jun 2009 7:01 AM
From: United States, UTAH
no ideas how i felt when i saw that house that was being built for that lady she is one of the leonel fernandez ministers.she was spotted by nuria piera and according to this lady it was just 5 to 8 millions house (dominican pesos) is just an example that how weak we are when it comes to money.
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