Salvadoran Presidential election

Hello friends,

Well I arrived safe and sound in San Salvador a day ago.  I will be an official election observer for the FMLN political party during the presidential election on February 2nd.  All the International observers went through a day of training today.  Although I have done this in three previous elections (2000, 2009 and 2012), the right wing always comes up with new tricks that we are told to watch out for.  Of note is that with the FMLN in power for the last 5 years they have greatly improved the plight of the poor people.  Two things in particular are free education and school uniforms for all students, as well as a guaranteed glass of milk each day for them.  Strangely the right wing opposition ARENA party is using advertisements of smiling uniformed kids with glasses of milk in their hands, trying to usurp the FMLN success.  I’m sure there will be more tricks to come.

Goodnight from San Salvador.




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