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El Salvador

Yearbook 1999

El Salvador. According to Countryaah official website, the ruling party of ARENA (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista) candidate Francisco Flores won the presidential election March 7, in the first round, 52% against the former guerrilla movement FMLN's (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional) Facundo Guardado (29%). The turnout was very low, 40–55%. Flores, a 39-year-old academic, became El Salvador's youngest president ever. According to the economic plan presented on June 25, he intends to continue the previous government's business-friendly policy and primarily favor the manufacturing sector before the service sector. His main priority, however, will be the fight against crime, which in recent years has reached a terrible scale. On average, 17 murders per day are committed, and El Salvador is considered one of the world's most violent countries. To some extent, violence has its roots in the civil war. Many of the crimes are committed by youth gangs whose members were expelled from the United States, where they grew up in ghettos and where their parents were refugees during the civil war in their home country. As a first step in reducing crime, a coupon system has been introduced where weapons can be exchanged for food, clothing and so on.

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