In case anyone is concerned that I am not giving time to all sides after yesterday's post about the FMLN rally with Mauricio Funes, I will quote the following press release from the International Republican Institute without any comment:
IRI to Honor Elías Antonio Saca González, President of El Salvador with the 2007 Freedom Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2007
Washington, DC – The International Republican Institute (IRI) will honor Elías Antonio Saca González with the 2007 Freedom Award for his leadership in building on a quarter century of dramatic democratic and economic progress in El Salvador.
“Twenty-five years ago El Salvador was the most divisive foreign policy issue in Washington, but Ronald Reagan determined to stand with El Salvador’s democrats against the violence of the right and left,” said IRI Chairman Senator John McCain. “As a result of the steadfastness of the good people of El Salvador, backed by the United States, the country today is a model of democratic and economic development for other nations. President Saca has shown that it is possible to lift people out of poverty and adhere to democratic principles. Advocates of freedom have no better ally in the region than President Saca.”
The youngest president in El Salvador’s history, President Saca has built on the strong legacy of his ARENA forebears by linking economic growth with democratic governance, and vigorously defending freedom at home and abroad. His administration’s slogan, “Government with a Human Touch,” reflects Saca’s commitment to ensuring that free-market democracy benefits all citizens. (more).