June 14, 1994 |
During the marathon hours of last month's Sandinista party convention, Daniel Ortega and Sergio Ramirez sat in the seats of honor that their long tenure as president and vice president of Nicaragua had earned them. But the two veteran Sandinistas barely spoke to each other. By the time the convention ended, Ortega loyalists had unceremoniously dumped Ramirez, who heads a faction of moderates, from the party leadership.
April 26, 1994
The newly elected Salvadoran National Assembly, including for the first time former leftist guerrillas who once fought to bring down the government, takes office Sunday. The assembly will be dominated by the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance, or Arena, a right-wing party that holds 39 of 84 seats. Twenty-one deputies come from the former guerrilla army, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, which disarmed itself as part of U.N.
April 25, 1994 |
Right-wing politician Armando Calderon Sol won a landslide victory Sunday over a leftist coalition of former guerrillas to take the presidency and conclude El Salvador's first postwar elections. In voting meant as a test of the country's troubled efforts to rebuild after 12 years of civil war, Calderon Sol of the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance, or Arena, was defeating leftist legislator Ruben Zamora by a 2-1 margin.
April 24, 1994 |
Like many of the party faithful, Armando Calderon Sol has decorated his office with a large portrait of the late Roberto D'Aubuisson, the cashiered army major widely believed to have organized El Salvador's most notorious death squads during the last decade of civil war. With his mentor D'Aubuisson, Calderon Sol founded the Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena party) in 1981 as a bulwark against communism.
March 23, 1994 |
Despite facing a runoff for the presidency, the ruling right-wing party Tuesday claimed an "overwhelming victory" at the legislative and local levels in El Salvador's first elections since the civil war's end.
March 22, 1994 |
As international observers Monday analyzed serious irregularities in El Salvador's first postwar elections, the presidential race appeared headed for a runoff between the government's right-wing party and a coalition of former guerrillas. U.N. peacekeepers, U.S. Congress members and other observers said disorganization, delays and other systemic problems prevented large numbers of Salvadorans from voting in Sunday's historic national elections, and they called for reform.