El Salvador: Voting for Peace and Democracy

But a rightist maneuver leaves the winners in doubt

It's a blow to the guerillas, a demonstration to the whole world that the people want peace and tranquillity." So declared Jose Maria Fuentes, 65, a craggy-faced carpenter in the provincial city of Chalatenango last week after his fellow citizens had queued up to vote in El Salvador's constituent assembly elections. In cities and towns across the embattled country, more than 1.5 million men and women braved guerrilla threats — and in some cases dodged bullets — to cast their ballots. Defying widespread...

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