El Salvador: The Man in the Middle

As candidates hurl insults, attention turns to a dark horse

With only a month remaining until El Salvador's March 25 presidential elections, the political campaign has become a vitriolic verbal battle punctuated by rounds of gunfire. Among the casualties of the sporadic mayhem was a conservative member of the country's Constituent Assembly, Roberto Ismael Ayala Echeverria, 45, who was shot down in the capital, San Salvador, last week as he was entering his car. Local authorities could not say whether Ayala was a victim of El Salvador's right-wing death squads or of the Marxist guerrillas who are continuing to...

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