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El Salvador #77351

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 29, 1982
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(Studio) Elec. said still uncertain, but big turnout noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(El Salvador) 1 million voters estimated. Rebel efforts to block election noted. Scenes shown.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(El Salvador) President Jose Napoleon Duarte's Christian Democratic party predicted to get 41 percent of vote. Roberto d'Aubuisson's Arena party predicted getting 28. 31 seats said needed to control assembly. Coalition talk said in air. [Christian Democratic party Julio REY PRENDES says turnout itself is victory over violence and extreme left.] [Arena party spokesperson Mario RADAELLI - (in statement last week) promises fight if Arena party doesn't win.] Today, Roberto d'Aubuisson said more amenable and calling for coalition against guerrillas. Candidates' reception at residence of Deane Hinton noted. Vote said against the extremes of both sides.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(San Salvador and Usulutan, El Salvador) Street scenes shown. Dead guerrillas shown, killed in fighting to stop elecs. Rebel success in Usulutan reported Fighting scenes shown. American-trained troops in Usulutan said unable to make situation safe enough for vote. Blown-up bridges shown. Rebels said bent on fighting, despite election Rebel successes in Usulutan Province stressed.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(El Salvador) Elec. called biggest, best, and most honest for El Salvador. President Duarte reported able to claim a mandate for moderacy. Elec. called centerpiece of American policy. D'Aubuisson said now given chance to be responsible political Optimism of situation noted.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) Reporter and anchor talk of future of situation. Later elecs. anticipated. Guerrilla actions anticipated. Washington said relieved re: elecs.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Reagan administration reported pleased with outcome. United States aid and presence of military advisers noted. [Secretary of State Alexander HAIG - praises Salvadoran people.] Haig said noting civil war conts. due to outside support. Cuba, Nicaragua mentioned. United States Navy exercises in Caribbean next month said announced.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) El Salvador as subject of "Nightline" noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Brown, Hilary;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reynolds, Frank;
Smith, Jack;
Threlkeld, Richard

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