Salvador's Supersalesman

With an assist from Duarte, Reagan reassures Congress and critics

The Reagan Administration wants to give billions of dollars to Central America, it says, to support liberty and political pluralism. Yet democracy in Central America is a patchy business at best. From among the few authentic democrats in the region, the U.S. has staked most of its money and hopes on José Napoleón Duarte, who will assume El Salvador's presidency on Friday. Last week he came to Washington for four days to justify that investment, and succeeded: Duarte won the hearts and minds of...

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