El Salvador: The Making of a President

In response to U.S. prodding, the assembly names a moderate

He was no stranger to politics, but he had never run for public office before. While his backers portrayed him as a competent moderate, his enemies in the ultraright Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) denounced him as "the biggest thief in El Salvador." But when the votes were counted in San Salvador's linoleum and plate-glass Legislative Palace last week, the members of El Salvador's newly elected constituent assembly had chosen Alvaro Alfredo Magaña, 56, a U.S.-educated economist and banker, as the country's...

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