El Faro reports that the FMLN has decided to eliminate internal elections as a way to choose future candidates for the 2009 presidential and legislative elections. (I previously noted these plans in an April 2006 post which followed the party's weak showing in the legislative and municipal elections). At its recent convention, the party decided to eliminate the internal elections which had divided it in the past. There is not yet a proposal for how future candidates will be chosen, but this would appear to be a change which guarantees that the party will field another hard-line leftist candidate for president in 2009. That may not be the best way to change the FMLN's string of losses in every presidential election since the end of the civil war.