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John F ousted for Juan B in street name change

Puerto Plata city council has voted to change the name of a main downtown street,  John F. Kennedy Ave., to Profesor Juan Bosch. The proposal was tabled by city councillor Dr. Rafael Santana along with a 200-name petition and was passed by a large majority of votes.

Juan Bosch was a politician, historian, short story writer, essayist, educator, and the first cleanly elected president of the Dominican Republic for a brief time in 1963. Previously, he had been the leader of Dominican opposition in exile to the dictatorial regime of Rafael Trujillo for over a quarter century. To this day he is remembered as an honest politician and regarded as one of the most prominent writers in Dominican literature. He is the founder of both the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) in 1939 and the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) in 1973.

Before being named in honor of John F. Kennedy, this street was originally called Calle de Comercio, or Commerce Street.

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