SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- One of the top rebel leaders
of El Salvador's 12-year civil war said on Wednesday he would seek his
party's nomination for the country's 1999 presidential elections.
Facundo Guardado, a former commander with the Farabundo Marti
National Liberation Front (FMLN), said he would throw his hat in the ring at
the FMLN's convention on Sunday.
The FMLN turned itself into a political party after a 1992 peace accord
ended El Salvador's civil war. It is now the country's leading opposition to
the ruling right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA).
Guardado, now an FMLN political coordinator, will face strong competition
for the nomination from former Human Rights Attorney General, Victoria de
Aviles is supported by an FMLN faction dubbed "orthodox," which is
headed by veteran communist leader Shafick Handal.
Guardado is considered a "reformer" within the party and said he was
convinced he could beat ARENA candidate Francisco Flores in the March
"I'm going to compete on my experience and the faith in changing El
Salvador," he told reporters.
Guardado enlisted another former rebel commander, Nidya Diaz, as his
vice-presidential running mate.
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