El Salvador: Reform Setback

Rightists anger U.S. Congress

By a vote of 35 to 18 last week, El Salvador's newly elected constituent assembly suspended a key element of the country's land reform, thereby raising grave doubts about the future of the program that was initiated only two years ago with U.S. backing. The vote was a victory for the right-wing coalition led by Major Roberto d'Aubuisson. Declared former President José Napoleon Duarte, whose Christian Democrats opposed the measure: "It was strictly a political move to attack the poor people of El Salvador."

What outraged Duarte was the...

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