El Salvador: An Election Reconsidered

Charges of fraud raise new doubts as a power struggle looms

The elections that took place in El Salvador on March 28 were the centerpiece of U.S. policy toward that troubled Central American country. They were supposed to pave the way for a return to democracy, thereby reducing the appeal of leftist guerrillas who were alleged to be receiving aid from Nicaragua and Cuba. Noting the high turnout, President Reagan declared: "Now they really showed that there is a real desire for democracy there." But last week the election results came under attack....

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