El Salvador: Taking a Chance on Elections

Taking a Chance Elections

"But who in hell knows what's going to happen ?"

The posters are blue and white, the same colors as the Salvadoran flag, and they usually show three happy citizens standing together. "El Salvador deserves your vote," reads the caption. On radio and television, scrupulously nonpartisan spot announcements urge voters to turn out on election day. "This time your vote will be respected," they insist. "Your vote will make the difference."

Over at the heavily guarded Central Election Council in San Salvador, the capital, Jorge Bustamante, the council chairman, is conducting...

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