On February 28, Salvadoran president Tony Saca unveiled his government's new anti-poverty program "Opportunities." There is an extended article in El Faro online about the new program (in Spanish). The program is directed at the areas in the country with the greatest percentage of the population in extreme poverty. It includes both direct payments to poor families as well as a "solidarity net" of programs in health, education and water/sanitation.

The FMLN has denounced the program as "propaganda" of the ARENA government and as an attempt to buy votes prior to the next round of elections in the country in 2006.

It will be interesting to see if the Saca government actually finds a way to put resources behind these proposals, and whether the FMLN could ever bring itself to say something favorable about a proposal to aid the poor in the country.


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