El Salvador Test for Duarte

Pressure from left and right

A confident President Jose Napoleon Duarte strode into his country's Supreme Court in San Salvador early last Monday to try to convince the tribunal that his partial veto of a proposed election law was constitutional. Court President Francisco Jose Guerrero escorted Duarte, flanked by three of his chief ministers, up four flights of steps to the court chambers. As it happened, the court elevator was not working because hours earlier a bomb, planted by leftist guerrillas, had left sections of San Salvador, the capital, without power. The scene aptly symbolized the twin crises faced by Duarte. On the one hand, continued...

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