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Dominican president-elect celebrates disputed win

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -

Dominican President-elect Danilo Medina is thanking his supporters as he celebrates his win in a still-disputed election.

Medina told cheering supporters that he is ready to get to work on an agenda that includes more funding for education and reducing the power blackouts that have long plagued the Caribbean country. He also praised his main rival, former President Hipolito Mejia, and said he ran a good campaign.

Mejia met with advisers Monday and has not conceded. Officials from his party have complained that Sunday's presidential race was tainted by vote-buying and other fraud. But observers say the overall totals were reliable. Medina, an official with the ruling party of the current president, won 51 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff.

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