Sun, 8 February 2009
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Burke Stansbury from the Washington office of CISPES gives us an update on the situation in El Salvador. After numerous documented irregularities in the January round (Municipal and Legislative Assembly elections) the lead up to the Presidential race is becoming tense. Faced with the ARENA governing party's huge financial backing of a media scare campaign, the FMLN has countered with people power - mobilising tens of thousands of supporters in a massive doorknocking campaign. Trailing the FMLN candidate by more than ten points in the polls, ARENA has pressured two of the Presidential candidates of the minor parties to withdraw, and there are fears that ARENA, known as the "Death Squad" party will resort to more dangerous tactics yet, to claw back their former power.