Central America: Heading For a Runoff

Salvadoran voters survive bullets and chaos, but fail to select a new President

It seemed to be a moment of democratic triumph, but only a moment, too fragile to be sustained. Almost immediately the political situation in El Salvador last week was clouded with the familiar burdens of uncertainty and confusion, all of which had potentially troublesome consequences for the Reagan Administration and its policies in Central America. But there was no denying a remarkable sense of occasion: for a brief instant, the future of El Salvador (pop. 4.7 million) had rested...

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