[Marxism] El Salvador may join ALBA

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Wed Mar 18 15:31:12 MDT 2009

El Salvador May Join ALBA

Havana, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The newly-elected government of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in El Salvador is interested in strengthening ties with ALBA countries, FMLN Representative in Cuba Alfredo Elias said. 

According to Elias, El Salvador has already been benefitting from the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) by getting oil, fertilizers and medical aid Venezuela and Cuba, ALBA´s two main pillars.

We should establish relations with all nations, Elias said on Cuba´s national television.

He also said reestablishing diplomatic ties with Cuba should be a priority for the future government.

"For us, Cubans are blood brothers," said the FMLN representative, who recalled Cuba´s solidarity to El Salvador.

In the past, Cuban hospitals were open to our war victims, while right now, many Salvadorans are having free eye surgery here, or are studying at Cuban universities, Elias said.

According to Elias, the FMLN will inherit a complex social panorama in El Salvador, characterized by extreme violence and emigration to the United States, as well as a free trade agreement with the US government that resulted in layoffs, a devastated agriculture, increased tariffs and the dollarization of the economy of one of the poorest countries in the region.

Based on that, we asked all social organizations and the people for support to design an action program that will prioritize the reactivation of agriculture, he explained.

Sunday FMLN's victory in El Salvador put an end to 20 years of administration by the rightwing National Republican Alliance (ARENA). The new government will be sworn in on June 1.

ALBA is made up of Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Bolivia, Dominica and Venezuela.

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