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El Salvador: News & Updates

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. The US-backed civil war, which erupted after the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980, lasted 12 years (1980-92), killing 70,000 people and forcing 20% of the nation’s five million people to seek refuge in the US.

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A battle has emerged over the free trade agreements’ egregious rules that grant giant corporations unreasonable powers to subvert democracy.
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Ultraconservative US allies of ARENA – like Rep.
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In the first round of the Salvadoran elections on Feb 2 no party got the required 50% plus one vote to win the elections: left-wing FMLN: 49%, right-wing ARENA: 38%. Therefore, a run-off election was held on Mar 9. Due to very close results in the second round (50.11% FMLN and 49.89% ARENA), the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) waited to declare a winner, and did so on March 16.
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Mar 17 - With nine murders a day so far this year, and widespread extortion by the street gangs bringing daily misery to ordinary working folks, El Salvador is one of the most violent countries in the world and security is the biggest concern for many…
The other big concern for people is jobs.