Central America: A Country Up for Grabs

Moderates duel with the right as El Salvador's election nears

In the sweltering heat of late afternoon, about 1,500 men and women gathered to show their loyalty to their leader. Most of the faithful in the dusty San Salvador courtyard held flags of green and white, the party colors, that they waved from side to side, creating a sound like rustling leaves. Party officials wore distinctive green shirts. An elderly woman gave out green-and-white ballpoint pens. The Christian Democrats, members of the country's moderate center party, knew that their fortunes in the March...

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