He announced his candidacy to become El Salvador's next president in August. Engineer, businessman and former government minister Arturo Zablah hopes that a political platform which seeks to build consensus in the center, between El Salvador's polarized right and left, can succeed.
In an August 2007 interview with El Faro, Zablah spoke about running as the candidate of an "ample alliance of civil society organizations and various political parties." He calls his movement the Alliance for Change, with a motto of "Towards Sustainable Development for El Salvador." He told El Faro that today he has only one objective -- to end the string of ARENA governments.
The center-left parties -- FDR, CD and PDC -- are talking about whether to form an alliance with Zablah as their presidential candidate. These parties have expressed irritation with the FMLN's apparent view that it does not need alliances and the FMLN's decision to run a Mauricio Funes / Salvador Sanchez Cerren ticket without consultation with potential alliance partners.
The 53 year old Zablah was born in San Salvador. He graduated from college in Monterrey Mexico with a degree in industrial engineering in 1976. Zablah then obtained a Masters in Systems Analysis from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981. Has worked as an industrial engineer and consultant to large manufacturing businesses. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Commerce in 1989, Minister of the Economy in the government of Alfredo Cristiani from 1989 to 1993, and President of El Salvador's port authority commission (CEPA) from 1994 to 1998.
To learn more about Arturo Zablah (all links in Spanish):
Interview in El Faro from September 2003.
Video of interview on Channel 12.
Website setting out his views.