Observers in the news
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) issued this bilingual statement congratulating the Salvadoran people on their democratic election, applauding the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for its impartial and transparent management of the elections – especially the final vote count – and expressing his enthusiasm to continue good relations with El Salvador’s next president.
Read his full statement below:
Following the FMLN’s unprecedented 10-point victory over the ARENA party in El Salvador’s first round of Presidential elections on February 2nd, right wing forces have reignited their campaign in the United States of fear and misinformation against the FMLN. The renewed effort comes as El Salvador approaches a March 9th runoff election, with the leftist FMLN party poised to easily defeat the right-wing ARENA party, historically backed by the US government. Continue reading
On Thursday, the San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by Hector Perla, Jr. entitled, “El Salvador vote should be decided by the people, not the U.S.” a response to various right-wing hit pieces that have been published in US news outlets like the Washington Post.
Professor Perla’s provides a thought-provoking response to the following question: Why do Salvadoran politics evoke such passionate responses from the U.S. conservative establishment?
On Wednesday, January 29th, U.S. solidarity organizations published paid ads in El Salvador’s two widest circulating newspapers, La Prensa Gráfica and El Diario de Hoy, with statements from U.S. officials in the State Department, Senate, and House of Representatives affirming the U.S. government’s neutral position in El Salvador’s electoral process. Radio PSAs are also airing on community and commercial radio stations to make sure as many Salvadorans as possible know that they can vote for whoever they choose without fear of political retaliation from the U.S. government. (Listen to the radio PSA and download copies of the paid ad after the jump.) Continue reading
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“We should welcome the F.M.L.N.’s statements of good faith and cooperate with it.” – William Walker, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador from 1988-1992, in a New York Times opinion piece
Read Walker’s full article after the jump. Continue reading
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement as the people of El Salvador head to the polls to choose a new president this Sunday. Continue reading