For the third straight election in a row, El Salvador elected a president from the conservative, pro-U.S. ARENA party. ARENA’s Tony Saca, a popular radio sportscaster, rolled up 57% of the vote against Schafik Handal of the far-left FMLN, the former Marxist guerillas of the 1980s. Handal, who was also secretary-general of the Salvadoran Communist Party for 21 years, vowed to immediately withdraw El Salvador’s 380 troops in Iraq if elected.
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