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El Salvador: Funes Government Celebrates 2 Years of Achievements

San Salvador - The Mauricio Funes administration on Wednesday is celebrating two years in power, and reported a long list of achievements, mainly in the social sphere.

Funes took office two months after the electoral victory of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front(FMLN), which paved the way for the first majority left government in national history.

The victory of the FMLN, which just 15 years ago went from being an insurgent force to a legal political party, also ended 20 years in power of the extreme-right Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA).

The new cabinet managed to turn around the economy, and in 2010 the nation began a slow recovery process.

The GDP rose from zero to 1.4 percent, and is expected to rise to 2.5 percent this year.

In terms of social programs, one important plan provides school supplies, two uniforms and a pair of shoes every year to over 1.377 million public school students, as well as food.

The plan helped raise enrollment rates by seven percent, fight school drop-out rates, and encourages better learning.

A comprehensive health reform is bringing medical attention to the most remote parts of the nation, and began with eliminating fees at public hospitals.

A press release from the FMLN Political Committee ratified that it would continue boosting changes in the country to benefit its poorest citizens.


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