The Salvadoran population has registered declining approval ratings for the democratic system of government due to recent corruption scandals and persistently high levels of violence (homicides, injuries). To these issues should be added the chronically underperforming economy.

Despite a rather solid economic framework, El Salvador has the lowest economic growth rate of any Central American country. This is due to an excess of foreign currency seeking to purchase insufficient locally produced goods, and to the collapse of export products such as coffee and cotton.

Public safety and prevention of violence are areas where government policy has fallen far short of its stated objectives. The costs involved for established violence prevention programs are far beyond the government’s financial possibilities.

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